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China Mobile sets target of half billion LTE users by end of 2016

February 29, 2016

China Mobile has announced ambitious business targets it plans to reach by the end of 2016, Telecompaper reports.

Included in the state-owned telecommunication company's targets are plans to reach 1.40 million TD-LTE base stations, sell 330 million 4G devices, and expand its 4G subscriber base to reach over 500 million.

China Mobile's current 4G subscriber base of 340 million accounts for nearly a third (30%) of the global base.

China Mobile chairman Shang Bing revealed the company covered more than 1.2 billion of the population and offered 4G roaming with 114 countries and regions by deploying 1.10 million TD-LTE base stations by the end of 2015.

Last year the company sold 300 million TD-LTE devices. This news follows the addition of over 400 TD-LTE users per minute.

As well as commercializing VoLTE services in 100 cities, the mobile operator has also deployed carrier aggregation in more than 300 cities.

It is hoped that the increased number of TD-LTE base stations and deployment of CA technologies in central and hot-spot areas of all cities by the end of 2016 will accelerate the deployment of 4G.

Commercializing VoLTE services is another target for the operator this year, with plans to do so in more than 260 cities in the first half of 2016.

During the second half of the year, China Mobile plans to start selling the Rich Communication Service (RCS).

The company has also announced plans to develop dedicated networks for the Internet of Things (IoT). The mobile operator aims to realize 100 million IoT connections throughout this year.

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