China and Taiwan Seek to Lead World on TD-LTE Development

Representatives from some of the biggest telecommunications companies in China and Taiwan met in Shanghai on Thursday to discuss how they can cooperate in mobile broadband, including a pledge to lead the world in the development of 4G wireless broadband using TD-LTE technology.

The meeting builds on growing cooperation between Taiwan and China in the development of technology standards. Taiwan has offered its technical expertise and talent as a leading producer of IT gear, while China brings its telecommunications prowess as well as its huge population and market to the partnership.

China Mobile, the world's biggest mobile network operator by subscribers, and Taiwan's Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) hosted the Shanghai meeting so companies from China and Taiwan could "discuss how they can combine their industry strengths and lead the world in the development of 4G wireless broadband," ITRI said in a statement.

They plan to focus on TDD (Time Division Duplex) technology combined with LTE (Long Term Evolution), the mobile phone industry's standard for 4G wireless broadband. The main rival technology is FDD (Frequency Division Duplex) technology.

China Mobile, which reported nearly 570 million subscribers at the end of September, is already a big backer of TDD technology in its 3G network, which is based on the TD-SCDMA standard. The company was compelled by the Chinese government to support the technology because it was developed in China.

China Mobile and a number of Taiwanese companies, including mobile service provider Far EasTone Telecommunications, have agreed to work together on TD-LTE development.

The Shanghai meeting brought more companies to the effort, including the world's largest contract manufacturer of laptops, Quanta Computer, smartphone-maker HTC, and China's Huawei and Datang Telecom.

The Shanghai meeting is the second major meeting this year between telecommunication companies and product makers from China and Taiwan.

In June, companies and government officials from both places met in Beijing for a summit on the issue, a meeting that led to broad based agreements on TD-SCDMA, and supporting the development of Google's Android mobile software as well as OMS (Open Mobile Phone Operating System), mobile software that uses Android and was developed by Borqs for China Mobile's Ophone.

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