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 Thursday, January 08, 2009

In a move which will shock precisely no-one, China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has finally awarded three 3G licences to the trio of state-owned telcos. As announced last month, China Mobile has been formally given a licence for the country’s homegrown technology TD-SCDMA. China Unicom and China Telecom have been awarded concessions to develop W-CDMA and CDMA2000 networks respectively.

The MIIT said last month that spending on 3G equipment would total USD41 billion over the next two years. In a separate but related story, China Mobile is reported in the local press as having already met equipment suppliers in preparation for the launch of its third-phase network construction tender for TD-SCDMA networks in 162 cities. The company is reported to be expecting to open the tender on 25 January, with the winners to be announced at the end of March.

Source: TeleGeography.