TD-SCDMA networks in second round of testing from March

9 Feb 2007

China will build more TD-SCDMA networks in the second round of testing of its home-grown 3G technology, said Che Lingfang, a spokeswoman for the TD-SCDMA alliance. ‘We will launch more types of data services,’ Che told XFN-Asia. ‘We want to get suggestions from users which may give reference to telecom operators.’ Che declined to identify the cities where the new networks will be built but suggested that most of them will be in the coastal cities. ‘During the first round of testing, we had more than 20,000 users. There will be a great increase during the second round,’ she said. ‘China Mobile, China Telecom and China Netcom will join the second round,’ Che said, adding that ‘as China Mobile is much more competitive in funds and equipment it will be responsible for most cities and users.’ Che declined to reveal the budget for the second phase of testing, but media reports said earlier that the three telecom operators will invest a total of CNY15 billion in TD-SCDMA network building.