China may hold back on 4G for another few years, report says.
Government says it may not grant 4G licenses for another two to three years. The delay could affect how carriers around the world adopt 4G.
China Mobile may not move into 4G for another two to three years. Pictured here is Li Yue,
president of China Mobile, speaking at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.
(Credit: Stephen Shankland/CNET)
China may hold back on moving into 4G LTE even as the U.S. carriers race ahead to roll out next-generation networks.
The Chinese government is looking to hold back on granting the licenses required for its own carriers to deploy 4G LTE, according to a report from PC World, which cited local state-owned TV. The government said it may wait two to three years before granting the licenses, citing a need by carriers to expand the current 3G network equipment, as well as to wait for broader support for a variant of LTE called TD-LTE.