China Mobile will bring blazin’-fast 4G LTE cellular data to Beijing, Guangzhou, and Chongqing on December 18th, with more cities and carriers expected to follow soon after. We humble, off-the-grid Shanghai folk apparently have some time to wait before the city’s infrastructure can handle the new speedy connections.
In addition to being generally awesome, the 4G connection is big news for the
mindless obsessives devoted fans of Apple’s iPhone, as Tech In Asia reports:
The announcement could also be a green light to start manufacturing and selling TD-LTE versions of the latest iPhone models. TD-LTE is the 4G standard used by China Mobile, as opposed to the more internationalized FDD-LTE standard. The 4G rollout is believed to be the final hurdle before Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) and China mobile ink a deal, as TD-LTE iPhones have already been certified by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.
China has experienced quite a few missteps with 4G service (see: May 2013’s headline “4G mobile internet coming to Shanghai next month“) but it looks as though they’re finally ready to go through with it. Hopefully the inevitable switch to 5G goes a bit smoother than this one.
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