Smooth progress on TD-SCDMA work cited

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 13 November, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 13 November, 2007, 12:00am

ZTE, the nation's leading telecommunications equipment vendor, said the construction of TD-SCDMA trial networks in cities such as Beijing and Shanghai should be completed by January and heading for the final optimisation by China Mobile Communications, ZTE's senior executive told the South China Morning Post.

Shen Donglin, vice-president in wireless technology, yesterday said all network equipment was shipped and under construction and installation. It only remained for the company to transfer the TD-SCDMA networks to China Mobile.

'China Mobile will test the newly constructed network in January,' Mr Shen said in Macau. He said the network should be ready before the Beijing Olympics in August.

China Mobile chairman Wang Jianzhou earlier this year said that the network construction would be completed by the end of October. Mr Shen declined to comment on the progress but stressed there was no technical problem in building the networks.

ZTE is a major vendor for China Mobile's TD-SCDMA commercial trial in eight cities, accounting for 50 per cent of the contracts awarded. It is the sole network vendor for the TD-SCDMA network in Beijing and partners with vendors in five other five cities, namely, Tianjin, Shenzhen , Shenyang, Qinhuangdao and Xiamen.

Mr Shen said the TD-SCDMA network in Beijing should cover all urban areas and all Olympic venues. However, he declined to comment on network capacity, saying it was China Mobile's responsibility to determine this.

ZTE said the soon-to-be-completed TD-SCDMA trial network is 3.5G compatible, supporting a download speed of about two megabits per second and also the home-grown mobile television standard of TD-MBMS which will allow China Mobile to provide mobile television viewing during the Olympics.

ZTE also unveiled a 3.5G mobile handset that supports TD-MBMS mobile TV technology, letting users watch live TV coverage from Olympics venues using handsets.

'Mobile TV should be a relatively niche service and it may attract the attention of the young. Other users may not want it,' he said.

Mr Shen also said low battery consumption was one of the advantages of TD-SCDMA technology.

He said the Beijing Olympics should be a showcase of the country's telecommunications industry to the world. More than 500,000 overseas tourists are expected for the Games, and over 2.5 million mainland residents will also participate. 'Not only mobile TV service, other new services such as push-to-talk over cellular network and mobile voting will demonstrate the strength of China's telecoms technology,' he said.

The International Telecommunications Union, a United Nations body for global telecommunications standards, recently accepted WiMAX as one of the four 3G mobile technologies. Mr Shen said he saw 'no direct competition' between WiMAX, which is deployed in many emerging countries, and TD-SCDMA, which the mainland supports.