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China will issue more than one license for 3G, says EU official

Posted: 18 Apr 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:EU China 3G license? China issue 3G permit? China technology-neutral 3G services?

In its commitment to not favor one technology over another, there is a possibility that China will award more than one license for high-speed mobile phone services. This is according to EU commissioner for media and information technology Viviane Reding, as quoted by a Bloomberg News article.

Reding said that during her meeting with Wang Xudong, China's information industry minister, Wang said that the country would be "technologically neutral" and would issue more than one license for 3G services. The standards though were not disclosed.

In December's International Telecommunication Union's conference in Hong Kong, Wang reportedly said that China will consider two other standards, CDMA2000 and W-CDMA, for its 3G networks.

In January 2006, China picked its home-grown TD-SCDMA. Since then, issues surfaced that China is favoring TD-SCDMA over other standards. This paved for a U.S trade official to comment on China's 3G adoption strategy.

The deployment of 3G services in China is expected to be crucial with the upcoming 2008 Beijing Olympics. China Mobile in March invited bids for contracts to set up the country's first 3G network based on TD-SCDMA.

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