China Issues Homegrown 3G Mobile Phone Standard

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BEIJING (Dow Jones) China issued specifications for its third generation mobile phone technology TD SCDMA to foster the "timely" standardization of infrastructure based on the homegrown system the Ministry of Information Industry said Friday in a statement on its Web site.

Industry watchers expect China to give out 3G licenses this year.

In December, the vice minister of the Ministry of Information Industry, Xi Guohua, said it was time the government made a decision on issuing third-generation telecommunications licenses, according to the official Xinhua News Agency.

Locally developed TD-SCDMA, or Time Division Synchronous Code Division Multiple Access, is one of three 3G standards.

The other two are WCDMA, which builds on the Global System for Mobile Communications, or GSM, and CDMA2000, which is based on Code Division Multiple Access technology.

-By Terence Poon; Dow Jones Newswires; 8610 6588 5848;

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