China will invest heavily to develop its own 4G technology which will go on trial in selected cities by the end of this year, industry officials said during Asia's major telecommunications expo yesterday.
China Mobile, the world's biggest telco, plans to make huge investment in building pilot 4G networks in 13 cities nationwide by the end of 2012.
The telco will build a total of 20,000 base stations that will run on the home-developed 4G technology known as TD-LTE in the cities, which include Shanghai, Beijing, Hangzhou and Shenzhen, Xi Guohua, China Mobile's chairman, said at the event.
"We face great pressure on network capacity, and the network upgrade will reduce the pressure," Xi said, adding that total data consumption by its users has surged 150 percent annually on average.
More than 200 firms, including NTT DoCoMo, MasterCard and NEC, are attending the Mobile Asia Expo, which displays the latest telecom products and services such as mobile wallet and wireless medical devices.
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