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China to enter 4G era

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The newly released Iphone 5 has adopted a 4G network. China now holds the largest number of mobile phone users, and the preparation for fully adopting a 4G network is also under way.

It is the beginning of a new era. 4G technology has promised even faster mobile broadband than the 3G networks widely used now. The world's top telecom equipment firms are competing to take the lead.

Chang Gang, CMO of Ericsson(China) Communication Company, says, "The 4G service is spreading fast globally. One reason is that the users have gotten used to 3G service. They have gotten used to smartphones and tablets to surf on the internet and would like to use faster networks. So I think as long as there are suitable devices, end-users will accept 4G service quite easily, and I'm quite confident in the market of the 4G era in China."

The world's top IT and telecommunication information provider IDC had predicted that China may take over the United States as the global leader in smartphones. And the reason behind that, according to IDC, is the strong end-user demand and huge appetite for lower-priced smartphones in China.

The beginning of China's 4G era has provided endless possibilities for better communications and services. It also gives many companies the chance to compete in the world's largest mobile phone market.

Domestic telecom firms are also taking part in the competition with great enthusiasm. In January, China's self-developed 4G standard TD-LTE-Advance was approved by the International Telecommunication Union as an international standard.

Yuan Yong, deputy GM of Datang Telecom Group, says, "The Datang Group has been in the leading edge of the Research & Development of system equipment, mobile phone solutions, integrated circuits and network optimization. Both Nanjing's experimental network and Beijing's demonstration network have all adopted our equipment and terminals."

Although there has been no timetable for the release of the 4G license in China. The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology had suggested that China may release the first 4G license in a year's time.

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