China Mobile is expected to have up to 80 million subscribers to its TD-SCDMA network within the next two years, according to China’s minister of industry and information technology, Li Yizhong. According to a report by Dow Jones Newswires, Li has acknowledged the domestic standard is not as developed other 3G standards, but said he is confident in its commercial development. The claim of 80 million subscribers by 2011 is lower than a prediction made earlier this year of 100 million subscribers by 2011 from Lu Dongfeng, vice-president of Datang Telecom Technology, a provider of TD-SCDMA products. Lou Qinjian, vice-minister of industry and information technology, also earlier told the official China Daily news agency that TD-SCDMA subscribers in China are expected to reach ten million by the end of this year. China Mobile is spending around USD8.6 billion during 2009 on rolling out its 3G network. The company aims to deploy some 60,000 base stations in 238 cities this year. At the end of June 2009 the company claimed 959,000 3G subscribers.