China announced that it will
possibly have to push back its launch of the rollout of its home-grown 3G
until the fourth quarter of 2007, just days after industry sources claimed it's 4G technology would be ready by October 2007.
Small chipset manufacturing companies are watching in disappointment at
the technology being further pushed back. According
to Electronic Engineering Times, they waited in anticipation for TD-SCDMA
(Time Division-Synchronous Code Division Multiple Access), but now also have to
face the news that China has already licensed the technology to China
Mobile for deployment.
Chief executive of RDA Microelectronics, Vincent Tai, announced
that they have plans for beginning the building of the network
infrastructure which will take place mostly this year. RDA is the
developer of the RF transceiver and power amplifier for TD-SCDMA.
China is estimating spending tens of billions of dollars over
the next couple of years for the rollout of the 3G technology.
Because its local standards are not quite up to par, China has delayed
spending, leaving small chipmakers to wait in its shadow.
With the development
of the 4G technology well underway, China has kept on track with
rolling out the 3G for the time being. They already have
created a test market for the 4G, so the question is, why continue
with the 3G rollout. Though 4G is still in its testing
phase, the actual commercial deployment of the technology could
take around 4 to 5 years. China has already come so far
with its 3G technology that it wants to push it out by early
China is hoping to have its home-grown wireless technologies up and running in time for the
2008 Summer Olympics.