[tmc] TD-SCDMA users amounted to over 1.03 million and will increase to 50 million within three years, Su Jinsheng, chief engineer at China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), said at the International Conference on Beyond 3G Mobile Communications-2009 (ICB3G-2009) held in Beijing from June 25 to 26.
The International Telecommunication Union has kicked off IMT-advanced standardization and related standard organizations are all preparing for proposals for 4G standards. China also actively participates in the project.
The TD-SCDMA network coverage in China will be expanded to 238 cities by the end of 2009, according to the plan of China Mobile, the country's TD-SCDMA carrier. Moreover, TD-LTE research, development, and testing have also been initiated.
By May 31, 2009, China had had more than 1 billion phone users, including 687 million mobile phone subscribers, according to a data by the MIIT. TD-SCDMA users had touched 746,000 by the end of May.
TD-SCDMA Users to Increase 50mn in 3 Years