[photopress:it_China_Mobile.jpg,full,alignright]The other shoe has at last dropped. China Mobile has announced commercial deployment of TD-SCDMA technology beginning in April. Which means 3G will be available in at least part of China.
This is the local version of 3G for which many people have been waiting with bated breath. TD-SCDMA is a 3G wireless network standard developed by the China Academy of Telecommunications Technology in collaboration with Datang and Siemens and endorsed by the Chinese government.
Dr. Ping Wu, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, said, ‘Today’s announcement demonstrates China Mobile’s strong commitment to commercialize the TD-SCDMA technology and includes a host of measures to facilitate market acceptance of this technology including attractively priced calling plans, availability of six subsidized handset models, availability of USIM cards for consumers who purchase TD-SCDMA handsets through other channels, demo centers in eight cities, financial incentives for resellers, publicity campaigns, and after-sale customer support.
‘We are pleased to see that two of our customers received over 50% of the initial round of 60,000 handset order from China Mobile in January.’
There is still a ways to go.
According to statistics published by China’s Ministry of Information Industry (MII) on its Chinese-language web site there were 565.23 million subscribers of mobile communication services in China as of the end of February 2008. The number of subscribers at the end of February accounted for 41.6% of the country’s population.
Source: FoxBusiness and Digitimes