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On TD-SCDMA: Let carriers choose, says U.S. official

Posted: 30 Mar 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:China mobile standard? U.S. trade official? China 3G standard? TD-SCDMA?

A U.S. trade official remarked that China should allow its carriers to make their own choice with regard to the adoption of a domestic 3G mobile phone standard. According to anAssociated Press (AP) story, Franklin Lavin, undersecretary of commerce for international trade, made such statement amid reports that China is pressing carriers to adopt the homegrown TD-SCDMA standard to boost its technology sector.

"We do see signs that China intends to tilt the playing field to a national standard, even if customers favor an international system," Lavin said in the report. "We should let the market determine this. If the government chooses, that is unfair to customers."

In reports last year, U.S. trade officials announced that China had promised to let carriers make their own choice for 3G deployment. However, industry experts say carriers are pressed to use the homegrown standard alongside its international rivals. The China government sees that adopting TD-SDCMA can help reduce reliance on foreign technology and create opportunities for its telecoms companies.

Some Chinese carriers reportedly expressed reluctance on adopting TD-SCDMA, saying it does not work well like foreign standards W-CDMA and CDMA-2000. Meanwhile, several carriers are betting on the standard such as China Mobile Communications Corp., which has invited equipment suppliers to submit bids for building a 3G network based on the Chinese standard.

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