[photopress:womanmobile_1.jpg,full,alignright]The story is that TD-SCDMA (China’s 3G mobile telecommunications standard) Industry Alliance and some ‘friendly subscribers’ of telecom operators will enter the TD trial network and receive 3G (third generation mobile communication) services from October.
The chosen few will be selected from Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Qingdao, Tianjin, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and five other cities. There will be about 20,000 users in the test.
3G provides services like taking photos, reading and receiving emails, downloading movies and music, surfing the internet, sending and receiving multimedia short messages with cell phones. Nobody has yet demonstrated how much users are willing to pay for these services.
Shen Zixin, a telecom analyst with Pday Research, a domestic telecom consulting institute. ‘The trial for 20,000 customers is important for TD and the last step for its commercialization.’
Estimates, and they can only be intelligent guesses, from Pday Research, suggest that there will be between 2 and 4.76 million TD-SCDMA subscribers in China by 2007.
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