China Says Its 3G Standard Is Ready

The Chinese government has formally launched TD-SCDMA, its homegrown 3G standard, saying it’s ready for manufacturers to use in their network gear. Many observers had said China would finally issue its 3G licenses in 2006, and was waiting on the standard to be ready, so the announcement fits the timeline. It’s unclear just which carriers will build the country’s 3G networks — and what technologies they’ll use — but the goverment says there will be a standalone TD-SCDMA network.

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