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3G so close, yet so far away; wheels already spinning on 4G

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 next year. 

China is hoping to have its home-grown wireless technologies up and running in time for the 2008 Summer Olympics. 

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By vortmax on 1/31/2007 10:12:21 AM , Rating: 3
Wasn't there an article about 2 days ago stating that China was skipping 3G for 4G?

RE: 3G?
By michal1980 on 1/31/07, Rating: 0
RE: 3G?
By AnotherGuy on 1/31/2007 11:08:58 AM , Rating: 2
now what do we in USA have ? do we have 3g service yet or what.... i know we have 3g phones though

RE: 3G?
By HammerZ on 1/31/2007 11:57:04 AM , Rating: 2
Yes, we have 3G in the US. Sprint and Verizon have 1xEV-D0, which is based on 3G. Cingular has also deployed 3G for many (but not all) markets. However, we still lag key features like video conferencing. It sucks to be in the US when it comes to cel phone technology.

RE: 3G?
By michal1980 on 1/31/07, Rating: 0
RE: 3G?
By cocoman on 1/31/2007 12:25:03 PM , Rating: 2
We also don´t have TV on the phones in the US. In Europe you can watch Discovery channel, CNN and other channels in your cell.

RE: 3G?
By Myrandex on 1/31/2007 1:12:58 PM , Rating: 3
Our service is generally cheaper here too. There aren't near as many things like free nights and weekends or free mobile to mobile over in Europe as there are here.

RE: 3G?
By ninjit on 1/31/2007 2:17:54 PM , Rating: 2
Gotta remember that in most other countries, cell-phone are treated more like regular phones call-wise.

You don't pay for incoming calls, just outgoing ones.

RE: 3G?
By SocrPlyr on 1/31/2007 2:44:13 PM , Rating: 2
Yes but you have got to remember that the people calling them get screwed with charges unless they happen to have the same service. Cell phones are much cheaper in the US as a total cost which includes the charges to those making the incoming calls.


RE: 3G?
By mino on 1/31/2007 7:50:25 PM , Rating: 2
Well, here, in Slovakia, we have 70% population covered by HSDPA(3.6Mbit), 66% by Flarion(10Mbit), some 80% by EDGE and some 95% by GPRS.
Our country is also mostly mountainious and average spending per phone per month with VAT is in the $25 region. Most free-phone plans go at $15/month with ~60minutes (all-networks) plus free weekend and nights in home network after plan mins spend.

Our population-density is tree-times of US. However the we have some 45% village population spread across the whole country. US has far more concentrated population areas.

And about 3G, well, no operator would deploy new solutions extensivelly unless it would improve its bottom line. (Or hamper it in the long run). Seems to me that it is not the case in the US.

The problem of the US is that you have pretty little competition it the mobile bussiness. Quiet cartel on prices anyone?
Hell, how can someone even consider asking for incomming fees? This was abandoned here well back when GSM was introduced in 1997! (And outgoing max out at $0.4 to competing mobile network, most after-plan calls are in the $0.05-0.25 region)

Some data to clear the FUD. Our GDP(Purchase Power Parity) is 1/3 of US. Average income after taxes is in the $500 range...

RE: 3G?
By ShinGouki on 2/1/2007 12:27:21 AM , Rating: 3
"Yes but you have got to remember that the people calling them get screwed with charges unless they happen to have the same service."

I'm in the UK and thats certainly not true here. I don't pay anything to call ANY network in fact on my tariff and I think you'll find all major UK networks offer exactly the same deal. Not to mention the fact my phone is fully 3G and cost me a grand total of 0 UK Pounds. Oh and you guys tend to get the latest models later than us ;). iPhone being the obvious exception but I couldn't care less about that silly thing.

RE: 3G?
By heffeque on 1/31/2007 6:48:25 PM , Rating: 2
What you "mostly" have is EDGE, and that's 2.75G (~236 Kbps). In Europe the common thing is 3.5G (~3.6 Mbps), although most cellphones continue using 3G (~384 Kbps) because of processor power/performance. Although laptops do make good use of the 3.5G performance over here :-D

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