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China approves TD-SCDMA as 3G standard

Posted: 25 Jan 2006     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Peter Clarke  Chinese Ministry of Information Industry  MII  TD-SCDMA  mobile communications 

The Chinese Ministry of Information Industry (MII) has announced last week that it has approved TD-SCDMA as a national technology standard for third-generation mobile communications. The move means that the technology, which has been under development in China for a number of years, is set to get official support and be used in a stand-alone network the Ministry said, according to a Xinhua report.

The basic technology was originally developed by Siemens AG and offered as a potential standard for the European 3G standard. When it lost out in the late 1990s in a critical vote to wideband-CDMA, which offered broad harmonisation between Europe and Japan, Siemens found China receptive to adopting the standard. China has implemented a series of tests on TD-SCDMA since 2001.

The Chinese government is yet to issue any licenses for 3G services operators licenses, which are expected later this year.

- Peter Clarke
EE Times

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