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China opens market for rival 3G standards

Posted: 21 May 2007     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:China 3G standard  TD-SCDMA  3G networks 

In order to improve China's homegrown 3G standard, the Chinese Ministry of Information Industry (MII) approved the use of European and American 3G mobile phone standards, which rival the homegrown TD-SCDMA, according to report. According to analysts, by adding Europe's WCDMA and the United States' CDMA 2000, the Chinese government has opened an open market for different technologies.

Yang Peifang, secretary general of the ministry's telecommunication economist panel confirmed that all three standards—TD-SCDMA, W-CDMA and CDMA2000—will be used in China. Yang added that the introduction of the other standards would even help improve China's homegrown 3G standard.

According to analysts, by adding Europe's WCDMA and the United States' CDMA 200, the China government has maintained its technology neutral" stand and opened an open market for different technologies.

However, the country's 3G development depends primarily on strong demand for mobile data processing functions involving multi-media solutions and internet connections. It's four major operators—China Netcom, China Telecom, China Mobile and China Unicom—have started training 3G talents, and making technological preparations for a smooth transition from the existing mobile to 3G.

China's TD-SCDMA has passed a series of tests organised by the ministry last year. A ministry report stated that base stations and handsets based on the homegrown technology are all qualified after three years of tests.

The China government has repeatedly stated that 3G mobile services will be available in time for the 2008 Beijing Olympics . While analysts say that the homegrown standard will most likely get the first licence, MII vice minister Xi Guohua, said the government will decide on how many 3G licences will be issued and it will be up to the operators which standard they want to use.

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