3G is just with us. Ahead lies 4G and China wants to set the standard. It is just possible, according to some experts, that China’s TD-LTE-Advanced can beat the WiMax standard and become the world’s main standard for 4G communications. Perhaps unlikely, but certainly possible.
LTE and WiMax are the only two 4G standards being considered at the moment. A person from China Mobile Beijing Branch’s network optimization center said in an interview that if LTE wins, than it seems likely that China’s TD-LTE will be adopted,
In the 2G and 3G areas, China has almost had no voice in communications standards. China’s homegrown 3G standard (TD-SCDMA) competes with the more mature global 3G standards WCDMA and CDMA2000 and is not an attractive option overseas.
Earlier this month, China’s TD-LTE-Advanced was listed as one of the candidates for 4G wireless communications standard globally, which means it will compete with, among possibly others, WiMax.
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is scheduled to release the 4G international standard next October, after a further test and evaluation of the proposals for 4G standardization.
LTE is gaining increasing supports from the world’s telecommunications industry. Compared with 3G, LTE can improve the system capacity, data speed, throughput and reducing latency, and can support new businesses that have higher requirements on system capacity and performance.
Consulting firm Visant Strategies forecasts that LTE user will account for 90% worldwide mobile users in the 4G era.
TMC reports that if China Mobile drives the implementation of LTE network, it will greatly stimulate the development of the technology. According to the number of users and market value, China Mobile is the world’s largest mobile operator.
However, there will be serious competition nearer the date.
Ryuji Yamada, CEO of NTT Docomo, announced that the Japan-based telecom operator will start an LTE commercial network in December 2010.