Beijing: 100 million 3G goal

20 Jun 2008

The Chinese government has instructed China Mobile to sign up over 100 million mobile TD-SDCMA subscribers within three years, so as to ensure the success of the platform, the South China Morning Post reports. China Mobile Communications Corp, the Hong Kong-based parent of the mainland cellco, was asked to submit a business plan and budget for the launch of the next phase of the homegrown 3G standard in August. China Mobile is expected to launch the next RMB30 billion (USD4.36 billion) round of a tender to build the network as early as October, an unnamed source added. The newspaper reported that newly appointed minister of industry and information Li Yizhong had said the mobile operator should pursue the successful commercial launch of the domestic mobile standard and set the 100 million users target after meeting executives from China Mobile and other firms.

China Mobile, which has invested over RMB14.6 billion in TD-SCDMA infrastructure, has been operating a trial network in eight cities, including Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Guangzhou, since April. But only about 3,000 subscribers have signed on as paying customers so far, in addition to 20,000 users who were invited for a free trail, the paper said.

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