China issues TD-SCDMA 1st licenses to handset vendors
February 1, 2008
The Ministry of Information Industry has issued the first licenses to vendors to operate 3G mobile handsets, using its home grown technology TD-SCDMA. They are:
The first-tier suppliers are expected to take 60 percent of the total phone procurement value. China has promised to provide next generation mobile phone, or 3G, services during the Olympic Games in August.
China Mobile, the country’s No. 1 mobile carrier, is constructing TD-SCDMA networks in the cities like Shanghai, Beijing and Shenzhen. There are currently three models for 3G technology, CDMA 2000, W-CDMA and home-made TD-SCDMA. China is issuing TD-SCDMA licenses to support its telecommunication industry. The ministry plans to issue licenses for the other two 3G protocols, in the future.