China - Mobile Communications - 3G Development


China is poised to become one of the world’s major 3G mobile markets. While the local development of TD-SCDMA and its acceptance as one of three international 3G standards has been controversial, it has shown a fierce commitment on the part of the government to make sure that China becomes ‘a significant player’. During 2006, the government steered the local industry through the technology adoption/pilot phase for TD-SCDMA and appeared to be setting itself for the awarding of licences. By March 2008, however, no licences had been awarded. Will TD-SCDMA be given a head start in the market? This report looks at the tentative steps toward the awarding of licences and adoption of 3G mobile technology in China.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Third Generation (3G) mobile
    • 2.1 Market overview
    • 2.2 Equipment vendors gear up for 3G investment bonanza
    • 2.3 3G forecasts for China
  • 3. BuddeComm analyses
    • 3.1 The mobile saga continues in China – January 2007
    • 3.2 Is 3G really needed in China? – May 2006
  • 4. TD-SCDMA
    • 4.1 Background
    • 4.2 Strategic partnerships
    • 4.3 Development and testing of TD-SCDMA
    • 4.4 Adoption and launch of TD-SCDMA
    • 4.5 Possible international applications
    • 4.6 Handsets
    • 4.7 Qualcomm
  • 5. WCDMA
  • 6. CDMA2000
  • 7. Fourth Generation (4G) mobile
  • 8. WiMAX
  • 9. Related reports

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Mobile & Wireless Broadband and Media
Mobile Communications (voice and infrastructure)

Number of pages 20

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Last updated 3 Apr 2008
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Analyst: Paul Budde

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