Oct. 23 (Xinhua) -- A senior Chinese official confirmed on Tuesday that China
will adopt its homegrown third generation (3G) mobile phones to offer 3G
communications service during the Beijing Olympics next year.
"We are expanding the TD-SCDMA (Time Division
Synchronous Code Division Multiple Access) network tests and the public will
enjoy customized 3G services at next year's Olympics," said Xu Qin, director of
the high-tech industry department of the National Development and Reform
Commission, at a forum.
But the official did not say whether the other two
types of CDMA technologies - the US-made CDMA 2000 and the European WCDMA, which
have both been given the green light by the Ministry of Information, would be
used in the Olympics.
The Chinese government has promised to provide 3G
mobile communications services in time for the 2008 Beijing Olympics but has not
specified what kind of 3G technologies will be used.
Lou Qinjian, deputy minister of the Information
Industry, said last Thursday that it was undecided what kind of 3G technologies
would be used during the Beijing Olympics.
"Our major concern is whether the technology can
satisfy the bandwidth and transmission speed requirements," he said.
Lou also disclosed that there was no timetable for
the issuance of 3G licenses as relevant departments were still mulling over the
management and operational mode of 3G services. But analysts said the homegrown
standard is most likely to get the first license.