Posted by: Bruce Einhorn on November 28, 2007
Looking for additional evidence that China’s attempt to compete with global powerhouses by creating its own 3G standard is a fiasco? Consider this: China Mobile, the giant cellular operator, is drastically reducing its plans to order handsets that use the new Chinese standard, TD-SCDMA. To date, the Chinese government still hasn’t even awarded 3G licenses, because the home-grown technology isn’t ready. But China Mobile has been operating some trials and that’s given some boosters hope that TD-SCDMA may finally be ready for prime time. Well, prime time seems to be delayed yet again. According to a new report from Beijing-based research firm Norson Consulting, China Mobile has “drastically scaled down” earlier plans to order 2 million to 3 million TD-SCDMA handsets. Now, says Norson, China Mobile is more likely to order just 300,000 to 400,000. China Mobile is controlled by the government, of course, but even a state-backed company apparently knows that TD-SCDMA is not a winner.