Spectrum availability and harmonization are vital to the commercial success of mobile broadband and LTE. This goal is not yet secured however, with different band plans competing for adoption.
China Mobile’s straight-talking Bill Huang, sees a fundamental change ahead in the way 4G is driven by operators
Time-division LTE (TD-LTE) represents China’s bid to take a global leadership role in 4G. However, TD-LTE is not only of interest to the Chinese. Other countries are also in the mix.
The rollout of LTE provides essential lessons in how telecom technology is marketed to consumers. 4G has become a very important advertising term, although it is more flexible that ever.
Decisions about frequencies are sometimes made as a compromise between different interest groups. This is an alarming pattern that could offset the benefits of global standards.