The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has issued 4G wireless communication licenses for homegrown TD-LTE technology to three mobile carriers — China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom, according to a statement on the ministry’s website Wednesday. China Mobile, the nation’s largest mobile carrier, has been awarded a total of 130 MHz of paired spectrum for TD-LTE networks while China Telecom and China Unicom get 40 MHz each. The move takes the nation a step closer to the launch of 4G services in the country. Since the 4G network is technically 10 times faster than existing 3G technology, it is expected to help mobile carriers slash operating costs and improve the performance of cheaper handsets priced around 1,000 yuan (US$164), making them mainstream, according to market observers.
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