The Chinese government has given the green light to China Mobile to build a nationwide commercial trial network based on TD-SCDMA technology, the local 3G standard.
Whether China Mobile greeted the green light with unalloyed pleasure is open for debate.
A spokesman for the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology told the China Daily that the mobile operator had received approval to expand the network, currently operational in select cities, to national coverage.
However, he did not provide a time frame for when China Mobile would start the expansion. China Mobile started commercial trials of TD-SCDMA in eight cities in April, including Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin and Shenyang.
Analysts believe the ministry clearance underlines the government’s preference for 3G networks built on the TD-SCDMA standard. China Mobile has reportedly also been considering using WCDMA. Reported tests on TD-SCDMA seem to suggest that this technology still needs improvement.
Source: Telecom Paper
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