Published on : Sep 25, 2015
China Unicom has announced that it will stop the expansion of its 3G network. Instead of it, the Chinese telecom provider, is planning to redirect its focus on developing its 4G network services. This move has come after rivals of the giant company started adopting the latest technology.
Mr. Lu Yimin, the president and executive director of China Unicom, stated that the telecom operator is planning to stimulate its work on the expansion of 4G network across the nation. The telecom giant is has also proposed to construct around 500,000 additional 4G base stations by the end of 2016, which, he expects, would provide the firm approx. 1.2 mn of 3G and 4G networks.
This expansion is likely to enable the company to reach out to 95% of the population in china, added Mr. Lu. Mr. Wang Xiaochu, the new Chairman of Unicom, is leading this shift from 3G to 4G network.
The 4G mobile network functions on TD-LTE technologies, which provide a relatively faster browsing and downloads to computers and smartphones. It also provides better-quality phone calls compared to 3G networks, based on WCDMA. The telecom giant had been pursuing 4G/3G integration, a strategy that was more cost-efficient and was meeting all the customers’ requirements.
According to recent updates, China Unicom has lost some of its market share to China Telecom and China Mobile, company’s top two rivals. These telecom providers have already adopted 4G technology. China Mobile plans to setup 1 million 4G base stations to serve 250 million users by the end of 2016. On the other hand, 4G services provided by China Telecom offers a download speeds of 300Mbps, which played the catalyst in attracting over 45 million subscribers across China.