iPhonAsia Comment: This article may have been written before Li Yizhong, China Minister of Industry and Information, summoned an emergency meeting on the state of TD-SCDMA. At this meeting the MII admonished China Mobile to focus more urgently on TD-SCDMA.
In the first of a new series of guest columns by prominent leaders in the Chinese technology, media and telecom industries, Hou Ziqiang shares his experience of participating in the commercial trial of China’s homegrown 3G standard, TD-SCDMA. Hou is the chief technology adviser and an independent non-executive director of China Netcom Group Corp. (Hong Kong) Ltd. and a senior researcher at the Institute of Acoustics, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Translated from the original Chinese by Iris Hong.
Shanghai. June 25. INTERFAX-CHINA – After receiving a TD-SCDMA mobile phone, the U980, from ZTE Corp., I purchased a USIM card, signed a contract and became a user of China Mobile’s commercial trial services. While using the services, I thought of the comments made by Li Shihe (editor’s note: Li Shihe is the former chief scientist of Datang Mobile Communications Equipment Co. Ltd. and is often referred to as the “father of TD-SCDMA”), recently widely circulated over the Internet, about TD-SCDMA “being put to sleep.” Some other people said that China Mobile is “putting TD-SCDMA in a cage.”
I think several problems do exist in China Mobile’s current promotion of TD-SCDMA services.
First, TD-SCDMA mobile phones require a special USIM card and users cannot keep their numbers when switching to TD-SCDMA. This hurts the promotion of TD-SCDMA services. Users have to use [TD-SCDMA/GSM] dual-mode dual standby mobile phones if they want to keep using their old numbers. (Editor’s note: this type of phone has two USIM-card slots and can hold two cards.) The U980 is a dual-mode dual standby phone. The problem with this phone is that it is very large in size and consumes power quickly. Therefore, it is not popular with the consumers. If people could keep their numbers without needing a special USIM card, 2G subscribers could become TD-SCDMA subscribers simply by purchasing a dual-mode phone.
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The above is an English translation of a posting on Hou Ziqiang’s Chinese-language blog, located at http://blog.sina.com.cn/houziqiang