Asia Express - Mobile Communications
November 23, 2007
- By the end of October, China's NDRC (National Development and Reform Commission) has released a total of 15 licenses to both domestic and foreign mobile phone makers, thereby allowing them to manufacture TD-SCDMA mobile phones in time for Beijing Olympics, China Business News reported. Licensees include ZTE, Hisense, Lenovo, Amoi, Bird, Datang, Motorola, Haier, Samsung, LG, Holley, Huawei, BenQ, UTStarcom, and Yulong. However, these companies' TD-SCDMA devices are yet to obtain the NAL (Network Access License) approval issued by China's MII (Ministry of Information Industry), prior to entering the Chinese market.

- According to ChinaByte, a total of 2,000 TD-SCDMA trial base stations in Guangzhou - constructed mainly by Datang and Guangzhou's New Postcom - have completed construction and are ready for operation. Currently covering an area of about 1,153 square kilometers, the network initially caters for regions with high call volume. However, Datang declined to comment on the issue. Aside from Guangzhou, Datang and New Postcom are also in charge of the trial network construction in Shanghai. Meanwhile, ZTE has been constructing similar networks in Beijing, Shenzhen, and Xiamen. For the networks in Shenzhen and Xiamen, ZTE is in cooperation with Chinese TD-Tech.

- According to Sina News, Chinese delegation was assigned to lead a team to solicit and collect proposals for the 2.3 - 2.4 GHz spectrum - which has been allocated for TD-SCDMA in China - at the WRC-07 (World Radiocommunication Conference 2007) held by ITU (International Telecommunication Union) in Geneva. This portion of spectrum has been definitely reserved for 3G mobile services. Contenders for the said spectrum include WiMAX, which has recently been accepted by the ITU as a 3G standard.