China's TD-SCDMA pipe dream

Staff Writer
12 Feb 2010

China's Vice Premier Zhang Deijang this month urged China's three mobile operators to strengthen TD-SCDMA's supply chain. Yeah right. Like China Unicom and China Telecom, which are deploying W-CDMA and 1xEV-DO services respectively, are going to start promoting TD-SCDMA on the world stage. Fact: the great white elephant TD-SCDMA was pushed on China Mobile by the government. Fact: China Mobile lobbied and lost to pursue W-CDMA. Fact: China is in the midst of a 3G tariff battle. Fact: Unicom and China Telecom are seriously unlikely going to sing the virtues of TD-SCDMA.

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