Chinese regulators, awarding it with a network acess license, approved Apple’s iPhone 5. The phone is expected to launch in mid-December.
The models approved are WCDMA and CDMA-2000. These are compatible with China Unicom and China Telecom, the country’s second and third largest carriers respectively. Now that it is approved, the iPhone 5 is expected to launch in the country in the middle of next month, according to Engadget. Previously, among others, China Telecom Chairman Wang Xiaochu were hoping for an early December launch.
However, the TD-SCDMA model of the handset wasn’t approved. That means it won’t appear on China Mobile, the largest carrier in the world. Apple has been hard at work negotiating to get on their network and access to their 700 million subscribers.
The iPhone 5 has been on sale in Hong Kong and units have been moving fast. Carriers are looking on at this and are anticipating a mainland launch.