Two wireless networks were recently restored to service in China, bringing the total number of LTE network additions to at least three in the world.
The three Chinese LTE networks were all provided by China Mobile, the country’s third-largest wireless carrier, which announced last week that it will restore its 3G and 4G networks to use by more than 40 million users by the end of 2017.
China Mobile is also the countrys largest wireless carrier and the country is expected to overtake the United States as the largest wireless market in the coming years.
China’s mobile market is expected by analysts to grow to nearly 9.5 million users in 2021.
Intel, which owns several wireless networks in China and is the leading maker of LTE routers, said last week it was partnering with Chinese telecoms to restore its wireless networks to LTE, as well as other networks.
“We are committed to supporting the Chinese Mobile brand and providing connectivity services for the long term,” Intel said in a statement.
“Our network will be back up and running in a matter of weeks.”
Intel said the restored networks will be used by some 3.4 million users and will have a range of speeds of up to 30Mbps.
China Mobile, which has a market cap of about $9 billion, is China’s third largest wireless operator.
China has seen more than 20 million mobile users add 4G service to its networks.
The countrys network is also expected to see an increase in smartphone sales as Chinese smartphone manufacturers have become increasingly popular with consumers.
China is also expanding its LTE network in a bid to catch up to the United Kingdom, which is the world’s largest smartphone market.
China recently opened a new wireless network in Hong Kong and plans to add a second in the city of Shenzhen, which accounts for about half of China’s total wireless market.