China, Taiwan pick as common wireline standard

Dylan Bushell-Embling
29 Aug 2014

The Chinese and Taiwanese governments have settled on as the standard for wireline networks in both nations.

The Cross-Strait Forum on Information Industry and Technology Standards – consisting of China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology and Taiwan’s SINOCON Industrial Standards Foundation – has agreed to adopt as the default wireline network standard.

Both China and Taiwan will conduct technical exchanges and applied research work in the area, according to the translation of a consensus sumary.

The agreement also covers collaboration on 5G research and development ahead of its anticipated standardization in 2020.

The two countries will also conduct more research into the TD-LTE ecosystem - including common standards for TD-LTE VoLTE, TD-LTE chipsets to enhance multi-mode, multi-band capabilities for smart devices and methods of improving TD-LTE hotspot/indoor coverage.

China and Taiwan joined forces in 2012 to jointly develop TD-LTE standards and set up 4G research and test programs. The nations have been collaborating on telecom standardization and related issues since 2009, shortly after the Beijing-friendly Ma Ying-jeou was elected president of Taiwan in 2008.

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