TD-SCDMA given boost

17 Nov 2005

The Chinese government may issue 3G licences one at a time rather than all at once according to a Siemens executive. Christoph Caselitz, president of the mobile networks division at the German equipment firm, added that he expects the first licence to be for TD-SCDMA technology, which Siemens has helped develop alongside a number of Chinese agencies. This would represent a major boost for the new standard which has been left behind by the already popular W-CDMA and CDMA2000 formats. The TD-SCDMA Forum recently announced that teething troubles with the technology had been overcome and that it would be ready for large-scale commercial deployments in the first quarter of 2006. It is thought that three or four 3G concessions will be issued in China, with commercial services likely to be launched in time for the Olympic Games in 2008.