Apr 02, 2020 07:28 PM

Bandwidth-Hungry Wireless Carriers Get More Spectrum

What’s new: China’s telecom regulator has announced a plan to repurpose most spectrum in the 700 MHz range from its current use for TV and radio broadcasting to use in wireless communications.

The move, announced Wednesday, will see spectrum in the 702-798MHz range redeployed, most of it for use in frequency division duplex (FDD) communications used for connecting different radio frequencies.

Why it’s important: The conversion reflects two fundamental changes taking place in use of airwaves. On the one hand, airwaves are no longer the most popular mode for most TV and many radio broadcasts, many of which have migrated to the internet and other wired networks.

At the same time, wireless communications have become the wave of the future, not only for delivering entertainment and information but also as the driving force behind a coming generation of high-tech products and services such as smart devices and self-driving cars.

Wireless carriers in China and other countries are also finding growing appetite for spectrum with their ongoing rollouts of super-high-speed 5G wireless data services.

Quick Takes are condensed versions of China-related stories for fast news you can use. To read the full Caixin article in Chinese, click here.

Contact reporter Yang Ge (; twitter: @youngchinabiz)

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