China’s 3G Failure

After a troubled development process, China’s flawed homegrown 3G mobile standard gets an unofficial commercial launchChina Mobile will start selling heavily subsidized TD-SCDMA phones in eight cities from April 1. Officially it’s a trial, because 3G licenses have not yet been issued. In reality it marks the commercial launch of 3G in China.Coming six years after the first commercial W-CDMA network launched, it’s hardly the advertisement for innovation that senior officials intended.It means that 3G will be available to Olympics visitors only if they buy a TD handset.To read this Business Week storyi n full, see

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