TD-SCDMA to expand globally
The bulk of any expected growth is expected to come from developing nations as Europe and the Americas are too far down the route with WCDMA and CDMA networks.
According to Datang Mobile, which is a major TD-SCDMA developer, the MIIT also wants TD-SCDMA to gain a share of more than 50% of the domestic 3G market. As China Mobile is the sole network using this technology, it seems that the network operator's dominant position in the market is not expected to be challenged by either China Unicom or China Telecom.
Already, two of Taiwan's mobile network operators are reported to be considering TD-SCDMA for their networks. Chunghwa Telecom and Far EasTone are in talks with Taiwan's Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), which signed a deal with China's Datang Telecom to set up a trial TD-SCDMA network on the island. Other Taiwanese operators VIBO Telecom and Tatung Telecom also expressed interest in the TD-SCDMA standard.
China Mobile - which operates a TD-SCDMA network - recently announced plans to buy a 12% stake in Taiwan's Far EasTone, although the move is being blocked by politicians. Last year, Chinese telecoms vendor, Potevio teamed up with Italy's Mywave Electronics to build a trial 3G network in Italy based on the TD-SCDMA standard. Potevio is the brand name of a joint venture between Nokia (49%) and China Putian (51%) and was created in Oct 2005 to develop both TD-SCDMA and WCDMA network equipment.