China Mobile summoned to emergency meeting – Told to make TD-SCDMA fly
As noted in a June 19, 2008 C114.net article, China Mobile may be forced to attend closely to their assignment to make TD-SCDMA into a viable network, or risk losing subscribers to newly restructured rival carriers China Unicom and China Telecom. China Mobile may still be planning an end run to long-term evolution (LTE) 4G, yet that plan will apparently not be favored (for now) by China ministries.
EXCERPT: Despite the government’s endorsement of TD-SCDMA, China Mobile has preferred WCDMA, a foreign standard widely used in many countries. In contrast, TD-SCDMA has been tested for years and has never been used in any commercial network.
China Mobile Chairman Wang Jianzhou pledged full support to TD-SCDMA at the meeting and the ministry has already clarified it will give China Mobile only a TD-SCDMA license although it has been lobbying for deploying both TD-SCDMA and WCDMA networks, the media reports said.
However, analysts doubt whether China Mobile is fully committed to TD-SCDMA as the world’s largest mobile phone operator by subscribers cannot afford to choose a standard that is still being tested.
“It could be a tough battle for China Mobile if it chooses TD-SCDMA as it has to fight against the entire WCDMA industry chain (which is already mature),” Wang Guoping at China Galaxy Securities said.
iPhonAsia Sidebar: It should be noted that not all analysts believe that China Mobile will lose subscribers in the wake of China’s telecom industry restructuring and MII insistence that China Mobile focus on TD-SCDMA … see article quoting Thornburg Investment Management HERE > Government Clampdown on China Mobile Proves Illusory