3G to Officially Come to China

(07 Jan 2009, BWCS Staff)

The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has finally, officially, confirmed that it has issued three next generation mobile licences to the main players in the Chinese telecoms market. Following reports yesterday that the government had urged it to push through the licensing process by the Spring Festival in China (January 26th), the Ministry has wasted no time in handing out the franchises to the big three of China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom.

According to the official Xinhua news agency,  China Mobile has been given the challenge of working with the country's domestically developed TD-SCDMA technology. China Unicom has been given the rights to build and operate national mobile systems based on the W-CDMA standard while China Telecom will receive a licence to work with the CDMA2000 system.

On December the 31st, China's cabinet finally gave its seal of approval to the licensing process, effectively ending the long-running saga over the issue of 3G licenses in China - the world's largest mobile phone market.


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