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Wireless broadband? China is the leader

While it has been a common practice for telecom industry analysts to assess the economic vitality of a nation by ranking their relative investment in fiber optic broadband communication infrastructure, in future the comparison of wireless broadband capabilities will be the key measure of supremacy.

By the end of 2014, China had gained almost 100 million 4G LTE mobile service subscriptions in the first year of full commercialization, further demonstrating the nation’s unprecedented growth momentum, according to the latest market study by ABI Research.

Harnessing their first-mover advantage, China Mobile seized almost 90 percent share of the total 4G LTE market in China. Their accelerated investment in telecom infrastructure is a testament to the emerging Chinese leadership within the Global Networked Economy.

“Since the other two China mobile operators – China Unicom and China Telecom – were granted preferred FDD-LTE licenses in March 2015, it is expected that China will overtake the United States to become the largest 4G market in the world, accumulating 500 million LTE subscriptions, or 36.5 percent of the domestic cellular subscriptions in 2015,” said Marina Lu, research analyst at ABI Research.

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Source: Telecomstechnews

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