3G rollout hindered by Chinese authorities

1 Aug 2003

China’s regulatory authorities have been accused of hampering the 3G rollout process in China, with the country’s mobile operators China Mobile, CMHK and China Unicom, as well as the main equipment suppliers Qualcomm and Ericsson having little idea about when or how licences will be issued or when the networks will be able to be rolled out. The main regulator, the Ministry of Information Industry (MII), claims that it is currently in the process of choosing between three standards: cdma2000, W-CDMA and the home grown TD-SCDMA protocol, and that the introduction of 3G services is a sensitive issue.