China Gears Up for the 5G Race

by Jake Saunders | 1Q 2017 | IN-4416

Given China’s population base and rising strength of its economy, China is likely to be a significant market player in the eventual finalized standards for 5G. The country was not in a position to contribute to the development of 1G analog and 2G digital standards. With 3G, China’s telecoms regulator pushed through the development of TD-SCDMA, a Time Division (TD) variant of a Code Division air interface that only secured very limited support outside of China, such as Pakistan and Nicaragua. With 4G, China adopted LTE, but did heavily promote the Time Division (TD-LTE [It should be noted that a significant number of telcos have secured TD spectrum to complement their FD spectrum holdings]) variant of LTE, whereas the majority of the world’s subscribers are on the Frequency Division (FD) scheme.

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