While less than 5% of China’s mobile users have upgrade their services to 3G, the Chinese operators are already pressing for 4G.

As expected, the most urgent one to do so is China Mobile.  It has the worst 3G licence, TD-SCDMA. And this is causing it to loss market share.  (In 2G, China Mobile has 70% of the users.  In 3G it has about 30-40%.)

So the only solution for China Mobile to regain its dominance is to launch 4G as soon as possible.  While the performance of TD-SCDMA is less the satisfactory, TD-LTE is surprisingly decent.  And China Mobile better do so before its 2G users loss patience and switch to other operators for faster and better services.

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Sherman So

Author of Red Wired: China's Internet Revolution, the first book to completely survey the nature of China's internet. (http://redwiredrevolution.com/) She previously was the lead China technology reporter...