China still behind TD-SCDMA

18 Nov 2004

Chinese backers of TD-SCDMA technology have reaffirmed their commitment to the home-grown 3G standard following last week’s reports of technical problems. According to Telecom Asia Daily, Chen Jin-qiao, the director of China’s Academy of Telecommunications Research, says he is not disappointed with the results of a trial which showed that TD-SCDMA 3G networks are unstable and unreliable. He commented: “There are always problems in developing any standard. Once you commercialize it, you can deal with the problems one by one.” Chen expects to see a commercial launch of TD-SCDMA systems in the second half of next year and predicts that by 2010 the technology will account for 25% of all 3G revenues. He added, however, that the development of China’s own 3G standard is still in the hands of the Ministry of Information Industry which has yet to make a firm decision on a 3G rollout schedule.

George Huang, VP of wireless networks for Greater China at Nortel Networks, says more foreign investment is needed to help boost TD-SCDMA’s prospects: “We need more people to join in to develop the technology in different areas – handsets, chipsets and test equipment. We need more heavyweights.” Last week Alcatel and Datang Mobile formed a USD32 million partnership to help develop TD-SCDMA