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China to Issue 4G R&D Plan in March: Report
    2008-02-19 17:34:14     XFN-ASIA/CRIENGLISH.COM

China is expected to issue a research plan to develop the country's fourth-generation(4G) mobile technology after the National People's Congress in March, the official Caijing magazine reported citing an unnamed source close to the issue.

The report said that the Ministry of Information Industry is to open an office to oversee the plan, which will have a total investment of over 10 bln US dollars.

"The expected plan will also promote the commercialization of 3G technology and develop mature 3G technology," the source said.

He noted that the expected research plan will focus mainly on 4G mobile technology based on China's self-developed TD-SCDMA 3G technology, but that is also open to other 3G technology standards.

Last December, China's State Council, or cabinet, instructed regulators to improve their preparations for implementing next-generation wireless mobile networks, including 3G and 4G mobile technologies.

It is said that the upcoming research plan will be the key conducive part for a national broadband wireless mobile telecommunication network.

Since 2001, China began to establish an experimental 4G network in Shanghai and completed the construction work in 2006 with an investment of over 100 million yuan, or about 14 US dollars.

At the end of 2006, Xi Guohua, vice Minister of Information Industry appealed Chinese communications enterprises, including Huawei and ZTE, to participate in the 4G technology development during a tour to Shenzhen city, southern China's Guangdong province.

Although China started developing 3G technology behind other competitors, the vice minister hoped these communications enterprises could help China to grasp an important position in developing 4G.

Chinese leading 3G enterprise, Datang Telecom Technology Co., has already carried out the research on 4G technology and rendered a 4G development plan on the basis of TD-SCDMA.

On the agenda of International Telecommunications Union (ITU), ITU will solicit 4G technology development plans in 2008 and 2009, and set a global uniform standard in 2010.



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