LTE technology will be mature by 2015: China Mobile exec
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- LTE fourth-generation mobile technology will be mature by 2015, said Li Yue, chief executive of China Mobile, a major operator on the other side of the strait, yesterday.
January 18, 2013, 1:50 pm TWN
He made the remarks during a 4G summit yesterday held jointly by China Mobile and Taiwan's Industrial Technology Research Institute.
Among heavyweights that attended the event included Taiwan's Far EasTone, MediaTek, HTC and Quanta.
During his speech, Li touted LTE's developmental potential.
“China Mobile is active in its promotion of LTE, for which we'll have a total of 200,000 base stations by the end of the year, a tenfold growth from the 20,000 for last year, and the base stations will spread across 100 major cities,” he said.
According to him, the relationship between base stations and the end-user market is like that between chickens and eggs. “Without base stations, you can't have a robust end-user market,” he said. “If you have a robust end-user market, you'll make technological breakthroughs, which I'm sure will be achieved through our collaboration with Taiwan partners.”
He added that last year, China Mobile purchased 80,000 pieces of customer-premises equipment, and the number will grow 10 times this year.
As for whether China Mobile will work with Apple to make customized handsets, Li said his company has engaged in talk with Apple on collaborative opportunities since 2007.
On media reports that Li will meet with Taiwan tech heavyweights, he kept tightlipped, saying Taiwan has made important progress in the areas of semiconductors and communications.
“The main purpose of my trip this time is the summit,” he said.