Thursday, July 28, 2005

Overview of Chinese 3G Licence Opportunities

From cullular news: Overview of Chinese 3G licence opportunities

"China's pending 3G license auction continues to hold the mobile community in suspense. The new Pyramid Research report stipulates that the infrastructure opportunity will be some US$9 billion for vendors in the 2006-2009 period with 2007 alone generating approximately US$4 billion, based on data from Pyramid Research forecasts."

"Regarding the 3G auction, Pyramid Research expects three nationwide 3G licenses to be awarded with one going to a fixed operator. An interesting scenario discussed in the report assesses the possibility of China Telecom and China Netcom consolidating and offering a nationwide 3G solution. Another scenario examines the possibility of dissolving China Unicom and dispersing its GSM subscriber base to China Telecom and the CDMA network to China Netcom - making way for both a TD-SCDMA and CDMA2000 operator."

"Adding to the importance of the 3G auction will be the future of China's 3G technology TD-SCDMA. The Chinese government would like to eliminate its dependence on Qualcomm, prop-up domestic vendors like Huawei and ZTE, and in the process bolster China's manufacturing industry. Additionally, if TD-SCDMA is a success, China would be able to export the equipment to developing countries as a cheaper alternative to WCDMA."

Read more:
China's Locally Developed 3G Standard Fares Poorly in Tests
3G Deployment Delayed in China
China’s 3G Standard TD-SCDMA Blooms
UTStarcom in Demand as Potential Chinese 3G (TD-SCDMA) Infrastructure Partner

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