China Mobile’s Chairman Reveals iPhone Will Support 4G LTE

News | Friday January 21 2011 4:37 AM | Comments (0) Tags: , , , , , ,

to China in the future.
China Mobile, the country’s biggest mobile carrier, was earlier in talks with Apple to bring a TD-SCDMA version of the iPhone to China. TD-SCDMA is the Chinese 3G standard that is used by China Mobile. However, the TD-SCDMA version of the iPhone never arrived. Instead, Apple launched the
as the official carrier partner.
China Mobile’s Chairman Wang Jianzhou has revealed that Apple will fully support long-term evolution (LTE) 4G networks in the future. Reuters reports:
“We hope that when they develop the next-generation models, since Apple can create
, they can also consider developing TD-SCDMA. These two years we have been discussing the issue. Right now the situation is moving forward. Apple has made it clear they will support TD-LTE,” he said.
, Apple ’s growth in China has been somewhat limited by its presence on only one of the carriers – that too, the smaller one. For Apple to expand its reach in China, it has to tap in to the vast subscriber base that China Mobile. With 584 million subscribers, China Mobile is by far, the biggest carrier not just in China, but the entire globe. China Unicom on the other hand had “just” 167.4 million subscribers.
that supported CDMA network instead of the new LTE 4G network was because first-generation LTE chipsets would force design changes, which Apple was not prepared to make.
Based on Cook’s comment, it remains to be seen if 
will support 4G LTE or TD-LTE networks. Do you think lack of 4G support will be a deal-break for users planning to buy a smartphone in summer?

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