4G is the fourth generation of mobile phone mobile communication technology standards. It is a successor to the third generation (3G) standards. A 4G system provides mobile ultra-broadband Internet access. Chinese government has finally granted the 4G license to the country’s three operators: China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom – which means the companies can launch their 4G services whenever they want, though the reality is only China Mobile, the world’s largest carrier, has been conducting large-scale trials across the country.
This is obviously good news for mobile phone manufacturers who want to dig deep into the Chinese market, as the faster service will motivate users to upgrade their phones.
China Mobile recently told CNN that contrary to rumour’s, it has yet to secure a deal with Apple to sell iPhone’s. China has awarded its first license to mobile phone companies to provide the super fast 4G network to customers. The move is made to boost business for telecom equipment makers and a range of other companies. Until now, China Mobile subscribers have not been able to use Apple’s iPhone, because the firms 3G technology was not compatible with the firm’s handsets.
However, its 4G network will work with the iPhone 5S and 5C. Lots of major Chinese cities have had 4G trials for the past couple of years.
China Mobile aims to have its new 4G network cover 100 cities and 500 million people soon. Mobile-telecom carrier by subscribers is throwing considerable weight behind its push to offer faster data speeds to customers. China is the world’s biggest Smartphone-using country, with 1.2 billion mobile phone users. The company will provide lower tariff rates for 4G service compared with its 3G offering. China Mobile is the first off the blocks into a reasonably aggressive 4G launch which could include support for Apple’s new iPhone 5s and 5c models.