First homegrown 3G phone is unveiled

4 Nov 2003

The Chinese government has revealed the fruits of its attempts to develop a homegrown high speed telecoms technology standard by launching trials of the world’s premier TD-SCDMA compatible mobile handset. The new phone is the first to have been completely manufactured in China and was developed by the Chongqing Institutes of Posts and Telecommunications in the southwest of the country. Chinese equipment makers say that government has pledged between CNY600 million and CNY700 million to support TD-SCDMA development this year. The technology is being developed as a direct competitor to the US-backed cdma2000 standard in preparation for the issuing of 3G licences in China.