A decision by the Ministry of Information Ministries on the future direction of third generation mobile phone networks in China is likely to be delayed until next year, said the chief executive of Qualcomm, Irwin Jacobs. Afinal report by the ministry on the different 3G technologies is expected in September 2004, although Jacobs said a decision could be announced before then.
Many companies are waiting for the go ahead to build 3G networks, which offer high-speed data services. China Mobile (Hong Kong), the Hong Kong-listed arm of China's leading mobile phone carrier, predicted it would cost Yn60bn to build its 3G mobile network. The US-based Qualcomm gets royalties for any developments based on the CDMA standard.