Study recommends four 3G licences

25 Nov 2004

China could be in for a mixture of cdma2000, wideband CDMA and TD-SCDMA 3G mobile networks if the government takes the advice of a new report. According to 21st Century Business Herald, the country’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) has recommended that the State Council issue four next-generation licences. As part of its plan, China Unicom would receive a cdma2000 concession and China Mobile would be awarded a W-CDMA licence, while fixed line telcos China Netcom and China Telecom would both receive concessions based on the home-grown TD-SCDMA standard.

The NDRC is recommending that China Telecom should begin trials of TD-SCDMA technology in seven southern cities from March next year. If the outcome of these trials shows TD-SCDMA to be unsatisfactory, however, then the Commission says Telecom and Netcom should be awarded concessions covering all three standards.