Wednesday, June 22, 2005

China's Locally Developed 3G Standard Fares Poorly in Tests

From Forbes: China's locally developed 3G phone standard fares poorly in tests

"China's homegrown third generation (3G) mobile standard TD-SCDMA performed poorly in a government-sponsored technical trial, the China Daily reported, citing various unnamed sources.

During the trials, the TD-SCDMA phones could only be used to make voice calls or send short text messages. Multimedia messages, video calls, downloading and playing video clips - all of which are key 3G applications - were less successful, the sources told the newspaper."

"Beijing-based independent telecom analyst Gary Cai was cited as saying that the poor tests may undermine the confidence of regulators backing the standard."