China Mobile’s 4G services to expand, but not everyone is optimistic

6 Jan

Reaching a major agreement with Apple is apparently not the only goal on China Mobile’s mind. As reported by Wantchinatimes, the telecom provider is also looking to make tremendous strides in the area of 4G/LTE technology.

“The Chinese telecom operator had recently announced a target to build 300,000 4G base stations and 60,000 3G base stations by the end of 2014, an ambitious plan aimed at grabbing market share in the 4G market,” the publication noted.

Unfortunately, not everyone appears to be overly optimistic about where all this is headed. Weilin Peng, from Wantchinatimes, points to a number of unnamed industry analysts who claim the target is too grand for even China Mobile to fulfill. Among the major concerns cited include the telecom provider’s “slow procurement” process, the lagging process of its equipment deliveries, and the fact that it has yet to complete establishing the base stations that it promised to build in recent years, including the “200,000 4G stations” that were reportedly targeted for 2013.

Where things look slightly more optimistic for China Mobile is the growing number of companies backing its 4G ambitions. These include local giants such as Huawei, which Peng says is the “most active player” with “a complete range of 4G products ahead of its rivals,” and Marvell, whose ARMADA mobile PXA1802 is set to power China Mobile’s self branded 4G/LTE mobile hotspots.

Marvell’s full press release detailing the features of the aforementioned 4G solution can be seen here.