By Oliver Dzuba
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4G mobile internet will be making its way to the streets of Shanghai next month for a select few China Mobile subscribers in the city. 4G will dwarf the speeds of the current mobile internet offerings, with the new technology boasting 10-60 megabits speeds per second compared to the mere one megabit per second available previously.
Shanghai Daily reports:
From June 1, China Mobile’s Shanghai branch will invite 5,000 users to test the latest 4G products including mobile phones and data cards based on TD-LTE (time division-long term evolution) technology, a domestic 4G technology.
Shanghai Mobile has built 1,000 base stations – 700 outdoors and 300 indoors – to cover the Inner Ring region. It will cover the whole city by the end of this year, said Xu Da, Shanghai Mobile’s general manager.
If you have the latest iPhone or Samsung Galaxy S4 you’re out of luck, as this technology is not compatible with these phones according to Tech in Asia. 4G will be available on newer models from these brands, as Apple is in talks with China Mobile, while Samsung has already confirmed that new models of their phones will feature TD-LTE capability.
4G TD-LTE is a technology created here in China, which will surely help appease the Communist Party’s desire to not be dependent on foreign technologies. It is slated to launch nationwide at some point from October 2013 to early 2014.