Updated at 4.46pm, Wednesday: Eight telecom giants spoke to media at a Beijing conference on Tuesday to drum up support for TD-SCDMA, a new made-in-China mobile phone technology, which is said to be clearer, faster and more Internet-savvy than that used by most people in China today, Xinhua News Agency reported. The companies include China Telecom, China Mobile, China Unicom, Motorola, Nortel Networks and Siemens. The China Telecom Science and Technology Research Institute of the Ministry of Information Industry has been working with Siemens to develop TD-SCDMA, or time division synchronous code division multiple access, in China. They are competing with two other types of code division multiple access (CDMA), wideband-CDMA, the one becoming popular in Europe and CDMA 2000, the one popular in the United States. The companies held a press conference at a TD-SCDMA forum that united more than 200 telecommunications carriers, equipment suppliers and research institutions worldwide, Xinhua reported. China Business Daily said on Tuesday that China would try out the new technology next March to see which protocol should work best when CDMA formally takes root in 2003. But the government favoured TD-SCDMA for intellectual property right considerations, the state-run Economic Information Daily reported. The paper added that the government was also bitter about having paid for foreign mobile phone technology in the past.