Within this year, China will build mobile networks based on homemade
technologies as a trial in six cities related to the 2008 Olympic Games to
promote the third-generation service, Beijing News reported today.
If the tests go well in the six cities, which are Tianjin, Shanghai, Qingdao,
Qinghuangdao, Shenyang and Hong Kong, the TD-SCDMA -- time division-synchronous
code division multiple access -- will be deployed nationwide. Otherwise the
TD-SCDMA networks will only be run in big cities.
Xu Qin, director of the high-tech industry department under the National
Development and Reform Commission, said yesterday that China will deliver its
commitment to launch the 3G service in cities where the 2008 Olympic Games will
"We will stand by the promise we made to the Olympic organization committee
to offer the 3G service," Xu said.
Xu said China's TD-SCDMA, one of the world's three next-generation mobile
standards recognized by the International Telecom Union, is progressing and the
technologies and products are maturing.
He didn't reveal the government's detailed plan or timetable on how it would
further develop the technology.
China has delayed the issuance of 3G licenses several times as the government
hoped to develop a mature homegrown 3G technology, industry insiders said.
The next-generation services, from video conferencing, film downloads to
multi-player 3D games, are expected to create a huge new market for telecom
equipment makers, mobile carriers and service providers.
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