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China Mobile 3G Subscriber Base to Pass 100 Million in 2011

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Subscribers to China Mobile's 3G network are expected to exceed 100 million within two years, Yang Hua, Secretary General of the TD SCDMA Industry Alliance, has said. Hua was speaking at the 2009 Sino Japan TD SCDMA Collaboration Conference.

The TD-SCDMA Industry Alliance currently is working towards promoting TD-SCDMA cooperation between the two countries.

According to statistics from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, since trial operation began on Apr 1, 2008, TD-SCDMA users have surpassed figure of 1.2 million. It is reported that the 2nd phase of TD-SCDMA has been completed and the service has been provided in 38 cities, while the 3rd phase of construction is going on in order to make the service cover 238 cities by the end of this year.

A couple of months ago, China's Minister of Industry and Information Technology, Li Yizhong said that he expected China Mobile's 3G subscriber base to reach 80 million over the same timeframe. Lou Qinjian, vice-minister of industry and information technology, also earlier told the official China Daily news agency that TD-SCDMA subscribers in China are expected to reach 10 million by the end of this year.

China Mobile is the only operator using TD-SCDMA in China, after the other two networks were allowed to rely on overseas developed 3G technologies, namely CDMA and WCDMA.

China Mobile is spending around USD8.6 billion during 2009 on rolling out its 3G network. The company aims to deploy some 60,000 base stations in 238 cities this year.

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