With new 4G licenses awarded in China, Apple is ready for big iPhone sales



Three China telecom operators have shiny new 4G licenses and guess what: Apple’s iPhone was certified for some of these networks back in September. All three providers — China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom — can now officially move forward with their TD-LTE plans and that means Apple(s aapl) is lined up to take full advantage of a big opportunity.

When China’s Telecom Equipment Certification Center provided a license for Apple’s phones to run on China Mobile’s network a few months back we wondered exactly why. After all, at that time, China Mobile didn’t have 4G and was using TD-SCDMA for 3G, which Apple’s new iPhones don’t support. Now it’s expected that China Mobile will launch its LTE service on December 18, which means Apple can sell then a compatible iPhone although the current model won’t fall back to 3G, posing an interesting situation.

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