SHANGHAI Jan 26 Apple Inc (AAPL.O) fully
supports China Mobile's next generation TD-LTE technology and
talks are ongoing over a possible iPhone tie up with the carrier,
China Mobile's chairman was quoted as saying.
China Mobile (0941.HK), the world's largest carrier by
subscribers, has been negotiating for years with Apple to develop
an iPhone that runs on TD-SCDMA, the home-grown standard it is
using for its 3G network.
"We hope that when they develop the next-generation models,
since Apple can create CDMA, they can also consider developing
TD-SCDMA," China Mobile Chairman Wang Jianzhou was quoted as
saying on Wednesday by the Sina Technology news portal.
"These two years we have been discussing the issue. Right now
the situation is moving forward. Apple has made it clear they
will support TD-LTE," Wang said in Davos, Switzerland.
Currently, Apple's iPhone is only available through China
Unicom (0762.HK), China's second-largest mobile carrier, which
runs on the global 3G standard.
The smartphone's exclusive availability through China Unicom
has crimped sales of the device in China as China Unicom has a
much smaller pool of subscribers and number portability is not
allowed in the country.
China Mobile had 584 million mobile phone subscribers in
December last year while China Unicom had 167.4 million.
(Reporting by Melanie Lee; editing by Kazunori Takada)