China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has submitted China’s TD-LTE-Advanced technical specification to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), thereby ensuring that the technical specification will be considered as an international standard candidate for 4G communications 4G? 4G? Hang on, we haven’t got 3G sorted out as yet.
TD-LTE-Advanced (LTE-Advanced TDD spec) is the next-generation successor to the Chinese-developed TD-SCDMA platform. Note we have not really got 3G out of the door — it does not exist, for example, at all in Thailand — and here we are already talking about 4G. The illustration is a 4G mobile. The script is Russian, not that it could easily be understood in any language.
The ITU has thus far received six 4G standard candidate drafts in all, covering LTE-Advanced and 802.16m technologies, as well as the two TDD and FDD wireless access systems.
TD-LTE-Advanced was submitted at the ITU meeting as IMT-Advanced candidate technology, which is supported by major telecom operators and network device manufacturers including France Telecom, Deutsche Telekom, AT&T, NTT, KT, China Mobile, Ericsson, Nokia, Huawei and ZTE.
TeleGeography states the selected technologies are expected to be accorded the official designation of IMT-Advanced — to qualify as true 4G technologies — in October 2010.
Please stop the world, I want to get off.