Siemens Information and Communication Mobile (Siemens mobile) finds its mobile radio strategy in the Chinese market fully confirmed. The allocation of frequencies for the TD-SCDMA (Time Division - Synchronous Code Division Multiple Access) 3G standard in China marks "a milestone in the standard's development", says Lothar Pauly, member of the Group Executive Management of
Siemens Information and Communication Mobile.
Siemens mobile has been developing 3G technology jointly with the China Academy of Telecommunications Technology (CATT/Datang) since 1998. The two partners are the only companies able to supply Chinese mobile radio operators with the TD-SCDMA network infrastructure as early as mid 2003.
Siemens mobile has already invested several hundred million euros in developing TD-SCDMA. Siemens just recently announced the injection of a
further 50 million in the current fiscal to vigorously advance the standard's development. Some 300 Siemens engineers are working on further
developing TD-SCDMA on the basis of GSM; around half of these are employed in the TD-SCDMA development and production centers in Shanghai and Beijing.
A TD-SCDMA test network operated jointly by Siemens mobile and CATT/Datang in Beijing since October 2001 is working perfectly. Two more test networks are now being set up in the Chinese cities of Chongquing and Chengdu. The partners have demonstrated the smooth functioning of both data and voice transmission in a number of test runs presented to representatives of the
Chinese government and mobile radio operators. As the sole equippers, Siemens and CATT/Datang can supply Chinese mobile radio operators with a TD-SCDMA network infrastructure as early as mid 2003.
The recent allocation of frequencies for TD-SCDMA by the Ministry of Information Industry (MII) was welcomed by Siemens mobile all the more. A
total of 155 MHz has been scheduled for TD-SCDMA -positive proof from Siemens' viewpoint that TD-SCDMA will play a major role in China's 3G
The recently formed Chinese industry alliance for the development of TD-SCDMA products is regarded equally as positively. This was set up last week at the instigation of the Ministry of Information Industry (MII), the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), and the State Development Planning Commission (SDPC).