According to a report in Forbes, China Mobile Ltd confirmed that it is set to join trials of Long Term Evolution (LTE) trials already being carried out by Vodafone and Verizon Wireless.
The Chinese carrier said the trials would encompass LTE Frequency Division Duplex (FDD) as well as TD-LTE (Time Division Duplex version of LTE) as an evolution of China’s TD-SCDMA technology.
It is expected that China Mobile will deploy TD-SCDMA when 3G licenses are awarded in China, something many expect to happen before this summer’s Beijing Olympics.
LTE technology, which is still being tested and standardized, is designed to deliver mobile data networks with higher speeds and throughput performance, lower latency, global roaming and improved efficiencies. LTE is an evolution of existing WCDMA, TD-SCDMA and CDMA 3G cellular networks and has the advantage of offering inter-working with existing 3G technologies.