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1st city to operate 4G network in China: Hangzhou

04-10-2012 18:16 BJT

Hangzhou is the first city in China to operate the fourth-generation of mobile phone communications standards in public places. Known as 4G, the new network began providing coverage in early April.

CCTV reporter Ying Yiyuan said, "China mobile has initiated its free 4G network service on Hangzhou's B1 shuttle buses. Let's go see how fast the network really is."

Hangzhou is the first city in China to operate the fourth-generation of mobile
phone communications standards in public places. Known as 4G, the new network
began providing coverage in early April.

Wireless routers have been installed in buses and bus stops to convert the 4G network to a WiFi signal. Any computer or mobile phone with WiFi capability can access the new speedy network.

CCTV reporter Ying Yiyuan said, "I am trying to watch an online video on this moving bus. The loading time is very short, less than three seconds. The movie's playing smoothly, there's no freeze."

According to China Mobile's engineer, such speed is hard to achieve using 3G network.

Hangzhou is the first city in China to operate the fourth-generation of mobile
phone communications standards in public places. Known as 4G, the new network
began providing coverage in early April.

Cen Shuwei, Network Technology Manager of China Mobile Group Zhengjiang Co., said, "The speed can reach 80 megabits per second at its peak, 40 megabits per second in good condition, and about 18 megabits per second on average. It’s 10 times faster than the previous 3G network."

The B1 Rapid Transit Bus is Hangzhou's biggest bus in terms of passenger capacity and length of the route serviced. It connects the suburbs where universities are, to the city center. Students comprise a significant part of mobile network users. Having the entire bus route covered by the 4G network makes their journey feel much shorter.

One 4G user said, "It's significantly faster. In the past I couldn't watch videos on my handset."

Another user said, “Now I can watch videos very smoothly. Videos used to freeze frequently on the 3G network.”

China Mobile is eager to promote its homegrown TD-LTE 4G technology. About 2000 base stations will be built in Hangzhou by the end of this year. The signal will cover the whole city. Other major Chinese cities will also start 4G network trials soon. Although it has not moved into commercial operation yet, China Mobile says fees will be cheaper than 3G.

Wang Kezuan, Planning and Technology in China Mobile Group Zhejiang Co., said, "We don't need to change antennas, we only need to upgrade the software. Therefore, our cost is significantly decreased, and our work load is decreased too. The TD-LTE base stations can support both 4G and 3G networks."

China's market is currently short of terminal devices that can function with 4G networks. Signal conversion tools like Routers and MiFi can help people access 4G at home and on the go. But these products are not yet being mass produced. Telecommunications giants, like China mobile, expect they will have great business opportunities once 4G becomes commercialized.

 

Editor:Bai Yang |Source: CNTV.CN

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