China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) will fully support TD-LTE-Advanced in competing to be qualified as global 4G standard technology and promote development of related industries.
TD-LTE-Advanced, which is the intellectual property of China, inherits some of the major technical elements of TD-SCDMA, but will be able to offer an extended bandwidth and higher speed for internet access. (Note that TD-SCDMA was not regarded as being on the cutting edge of mobile communications but, no doubt, major improvements have been made since it was launched.)
Currently, 3GPP’s LTE-advanced and IEEE’s 802.16m are the two other major 4G technologies.
TD-LTE-Advanced was submitted at the ITU meeting as an IMT-Advanced candidate technology, supported by major telecom operators and network device manufacturers including France Télécom, Deutsche Telekom, AT&T, NTT, KT, China Mobile, Ericsson, Nokia, Huawei and ZTE.
English People’s Daily Online states the selected technologies are expected to be accorded the official designation of IMT-Advanced – to qualify as true 4G technologies – in October 2010.