TD-SCDMA rollout ongoing

23 May 2007

The world’s largest cellco by subscribers, China Mobile, plans to finish its TD-SCDMA network rollout in six months, according to reports in Southern Metropolitan News quoted by Pacific Epoch. Deployment began in eight cities (Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Shenyang, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Qinhuangdao and Xiamen) on 20 May. The operator’s long term plan is for its TD-SCDMA network to cover 95% of the areas currently covered by its GSM network. TD-SCDMA forum chief secretary Chen Haofei revealed that the cellco will begin purchasing TD-SCDMA handsets in September or October 2007.

China, China Mobile