Friday, January 2, 2009

China approves long-awaited 3G licences

China's government had just approved the issuance of long-awaited licences for next generation (3G) mobile networks, opening the door to $41 billion in spending for equipment.

Licences will be issued for TD-SCDMA, a standard backed by Beijing, and two globally accepted standards, WCDMA and CDMA 2000. It did not specify which companies were awarded specific licences. However, the government had said earlier this month that China Mobile would get a licence for TD-SCDMA, China Unicom for a WCDMA network and China Telecom for CDMA 2000 technology.

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