January 10, 2009

China Mobile to expand 3G network

The largest mobile telephone operator in China says it will invest $8.6 billion to build 60,000 base stations for its third generation (3G) mobile networks.

China Mobile said upon the project's completion this year, the total number of China Mobile's 3G network base stations will top 80,000, Xinhua reported Saturday.

China's state-run news agency noted that 3G high-speed networks can handle faster data downloads, allowing users to do such things as make video calls and watch TV programs

On Wednesday, China's telecommunications regulator issued 3G mobile phone licenses to three domestic telecom companies.

China Mobile was awarded a license for TD-SCDMA, the domestically developed 3G standard.

The other two carriers -- China Telecom and China Unicom -- received licenses for the U.S.-developed CDMA2000 and Europe's WCDMA systems, respectively.