“China Mobile will spend 41.7 billion yuan ($6.7 billion U.S.) to develop 4G technology this year in anticipation of the arrival of the world’s most popular smartphone — Apple’s iPhone — on the world’s most populous wireless carrier,” Kevin Bostic reports for AppleInsider.
“China Mobile revealed on Thursday that it will spend 190.2 billion yuan ($30.1 billion) on its networks this year, with nearly a quarter of that going into its TD-LTE 4G technology,” Bostic reports. “The next version of Apple’s iPhone, according to some industry observers, is expected to support China Mobile’s TD-LTE 4G, even though that technology is less widespread in use than FDD-LTE. ”
Bostic reports, “China Mobile’s 4G network, the company announced at this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, will consist of 200,000 base stations. The network will cover more than 100 Chinese cities and more than 500 million potential users, roughly 37.2 percent of China’s population. With more than twice as many subscribers as the United States has citizens, China Mobile represents a massive opportunity for Apple.”
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