ZTE to start on 3G Pilot in China

It’s been reported in Light Reading that ZTE (中兴通讯) and a consortium of other companies are in the final stages of concluding implementation contracts with China Mobile, the largest cellular provider in China, for year-long pilots of a Chinese 3G cell phone system based on TD-SCDMA. It appears to still be a goal that a TD-SCDMA system will be running in Beijing and a few major cities in China in time for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Perhaps both TD-SCDMA and HSDPA will be deployed in China on a scale sufficient to move equipment and handset makers well down the experience curve and gain flexibility in their strategic positioning in the global cellular market. Now that NTT DoCoMo’s 3G in Japan has over 30 million users and 100+ U.S. metro areas have had Cingular’s 3G service available in the U.S. since last fall, it will be interesting to see if the Chinese market finds any new approaches, especially open-source based and driven by user-content, to accelerating development and use of 3G applications.

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