China Mobile plans to build over 300,000 new 4G base stations in 2016 and aims to increase the number of its 4G users to over 500 million by the end of 2016.
During China Mobile's terminal cooperation meeting 2015, the company's vice president Li Hui revealed that China Mobile has completed the construction of over one million 4G base stations. The company has finished its third-phase construction and realized continuous 4G coverage in towns and villages.
Li also said that 2016 is a very important period for enhancing the leading advantages of 4G. China Mobile will continue to promote the construction and optimization of its 4G network, continue to promote 4G user development, and accelerate the transfer of 2G and 3G users to 4G.
The development of 4G needs the supports of terminals. Li pointed out that in 2016 China Mobile will continue to promote the fusion development of TDD and FDD networks. With commercial trials in various provinces, China Mobile is expected to realize the commercial use of VoLTE in the middle of 2016.
Meanwhile, China Mobile will promote the collaborative development of 4G terminals of all ends. Li said nearly half of China Mobile's existing 2G and 3G users still use non-smartphones. The company plans to explore customer demands and accelerate the moving of those users to 4G.
Financial details of the investment planned for the 300,000 base station roll-out was not made available.