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China Mobile brings TD-LTE to high-speed trains

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China Mobile, the world’s largest mobile carrier, has created the fastest TD-LTE network in the world – by deploying the network along a high-speed train line.

According to the China Daily website, China Mobile has connected up a 60-kilometre stretch of the Jiaxing section of the Shanghai to Hangzhou high-speed railway to TD-LTE using 18 base stations, and is capable of delivering 15Mbps at speeds of 300 kilometres per hour.

The aim is to cater for business people, enabling them to download and upload webpages, images and video while commuting.

China Mobile has previous experience of deploying LTE in unusual places and has provided download speeds of up to 40Mbps to a Hangzhou subway station.

The carrier is due to launch a TD-LTE network in Hong Kong on 18 December, in advance of a larger scale role out across mainland China.  It has also unveiled a mobile TV service in Hong Kong, which it hopes will increase revenue through increased data traffic.

China Mobile has more than 743 million subscribers, according to the latest WCIS Informa stats.

The inaugural TD-LTE Summit is taking place on the 23rd-24th April 2013 at the Fairmont Singapore Hotel, Singapore. Click here to download a flyer.


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