BEIJING, June 27 (Xinhua) -- China on Friday approved two major telecom carriers, China Telecom and China Unicom, to conduct experiments on the LTE FDD and TD-LTE standards of the fourth-generation (4G) mobile network.
The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) said in a statement that it made the approval after the two mobile service operators applied for the pilots.
China Telecom and China Unicom will be allowed to experiment on the joint development of both 4G standards in 16 Chinese cities to "follow the trend of integrated LTE development and promote efficient use of resources."
Last December, the ministry licensed China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom to operate the home-grown TD-LTE standard, or Time Division - Long Term Evolution, ushering the country into a new era of high-speed mobile service.
"LTE FDD (Frequency Division Duplexing) licenses will be issued when conditions become ripe," the ministry said.
China is the major promoter of the TD-LTE standard and is also a major owner of the standard's core patents. LTE FDD is the other international 4G standard and is popular in Europe.