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3G/HSPA

Slow Boat to 3G

UTStarcom Inc. (Nasdaq: UTSI), the Californian infrastructure vendor with its eyes very much focused on China, reckons that operators will start to roll out third-generation networks on the mainland in 2005.

The company is testing WCDMA (wideband code-division multiple access) equipment in Shanghai, according to the company's CFO, Mike Sophie, who was speaking at the UBS Warburg telecom conference in New York. Starcom is also working with CDMA2000 and China's own TD-SCDMA (time-division synchronous CDMA) 3G domestic standard.

"Late 2004 you'll probably see new 3G licenses issued," Sophie says. He thinks this will be followed by rollouts in 2005.

— Dan Jones, Senior Editor, Unstrung www.unstrung.com
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