MII orders halt to W-CDMA trials

14 Feb 2006

According to a report in the China Business News, officials from the Ministry of Information Industries (MII) have ordered China’s wireless operators to cease work on all trial W-CDMA networks. The move is believed to be intended to reduce the headstart that W-CDMA has over China’s homegrown 3G standard TD-SCDMA. China Mobile has made no secret of its preference for W-CDMA, which it sees as a tried and tested standard supported by a range of established wireless networking equipment vendors and as a natural evolution from its existing GSM/GPRS network. Neither the MII nor the country’s operators have disclosed the number of trial networks each of China’s four main carriers have deployed. However, it is believed that there could be as many as 80 trial W-CDMA networks in operation across the People’s Republic, with coverage of many of the main cities including Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou.