Update: According to a report issued by Marbridge Consulting, TD-SCDMA numbers will be issued for a system test (February or March) in Olympic cities.
An internal source has revealed that China Mobile will likely begin the small-scale, internal release of TD-SCDMA numbers by the end of February or early March. China Mobile had recently brought technical staff from its branches in Olympic cities to Beijing to participate in a concentrated TD-SCDMA terminal performance study. According to published results of the study, the majority of mobile phones could support mobile videoconferencing, mobile phone TV, and other popular Olympic services, with essentially no problems. According to China Mobile’s comprehensive rankings from the study, current mobile frontrunners include the ZTE U85 as well as Datang and Samsung models.
China Mobile Mandates 3G Network Launch for Summer Olympic Games
Contrary to intelligence that iPhone in Asia has received from telecom sources in China (i.e. full-scale TD-SCDMA not ready until 2009), it would appear that China Mobile stands ready to launch the new TD-SCDMA network in time for the Beijing Summer Games (August 2008). Albeit the city of Beijing may have the most work remaining to launch the new China 3G network. The report below appeared in China Trade Information on January 21.
Construction of nine of the ten TD-SCDMA “trial” networks is complete and application trials are underway. China Mobile has set a deadline of May 1 for all networks to be ready for use, China Securities Journal report.
The one laggard is Beijing. China Mobile chairman Wang Jianzhou told a company work meeting that the Beijing network would be ready for the Olympics, but gave no timetable. It is reportedly “in the final stage of preparation”. China Mobile and its vendor partners are building out eight of the ten networks. China Telecom and Netcom have built one each in Baoding and Qingdao respectively.
Each of China Mobile’s networks is at a different stage. The fastest rollouts have been Qinhuangdao and Tianjin, which vendors Potevio and ZTE completed October.
Datang Mobile has completed building the two largest networks, in Guangzhou and Shanghai, each covering more than 1000 square kilometers.
One vendor executive said China Mobile had paid vendors more than 80% of the contracted fees. Vendors are still continuing to sign further commitments to China Mobile for supplementary work, sina.com reported.
Here are the cities that should be running the new TD-SCDMA standard by Summer 2008: (from North to South)