Gartner Research

China Mobile Will Stretch Its Lead in LTE Development With 4G Licensing

Published: 29 April 2014

ID: G00260776

Analyst(s): Roger Sheng, Jane Zhang

Summary

The two-step 4G licensing strategy gives China Mobile a 12-month advantage over the other CSPs in LTE deployment. IT and marketing leaders should renovate their business initiatives and anticipate an ultra-100 Mbps cross-country mobile network by the end of 2016.

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  • Impacts

Analysis

Impacts and Recommendations

  • China Mobile's 12-month lead on TD-LTE network deployment gives it the opportunity to harness the 4G industry value chain and demonstrate service innovation on the advanced LTE network, which IT and marketing leaders can leverage
  • The 4G capex burdens of China Unicom and China Telecom will limit device subsidy and service improvements through 2016, but inspire new partnerships, especially with app developers, in the near term
  • The time required and the difficulties of building a hybrid-LTE network will delay LTE service adoption in the mass market starting in 2016, affecting IT and marketing leaders' enterprise mobility and marketing plans

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