A new homegrown wireless standard, TD-SCDMA, is being rolled out in time for the Beijing Olympics. Will it win gold or create headaches for global players?
China has been a holdout in joining the world of next-generation mobile telephony, while consumers in Seoul and Tokyo enjoy blistering network speeds, greater voice capacity, and a range of interactive data features.
The go-slow approach has had its benefits. It has given Chinese telecom-equipment makers time to develop and debug a homegrown wireless standard that’s likely to upend competitive dynamics in the world’s biggest mobile-phone market.[Full Text]