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China's deployment of TD-SCDMA, its own incarnation of 3G, is well underway despite the fact that the government isn't expected to issue any 3G licences until after it completely overhauls the industry later this year. China claimed it would have a 3G network in time for the Beijing Olympics, but with only a couple of months …

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  1. Allan Rutland
    Unhappy

    How much?!

    So...its £3.50 subscription with 4.5p per minute on video! *cough rip off Britain*. Guess things are done differently in China...and alot better it seems.

  2. Seán

    Free market

    The only way to have the notional free market so beloved of Economists is to have iron control over the market to avoid gaming of the system and monopoly. The out and out fraud which is built into US capitalism such as naked short selling and the sort of bullshit perpetrated by the Enron criminals would lead to a bullet sandwich in China.

  3. Bryan B
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    Pointless Chinese posturing

    Given that the number of visitors to the Olympics whose handsets are TD-SCDMA capable will be as near zero as makes no odds, the whole thing is just wind-baggery and empty posturing of the highest order. But that seems to be all the PRC's Communist government is about, these days.

  4. Nic

    @Allan Rutland

    It was subsidised to increase take-up. RTFA...

  5. Tom

    We don't need no stinkin' licences

    They bought 3 movies and a copy of Vista for $10 from the guy with the stand down by the corner and he threw in a G3 license for free!

  6. Graham Lockley

    @Allan Rutland

    'So...its £3.50 subscription with 4.5p per minute on video! *cough rip off Britain*. Guess things are done differently in China...and alot better it seems.'

    Maybe you would like to work for the average Chinese wage then ? May seem cheap, but as a percentage of average monthly income I bet it isnt.

  7. James Dennis
    Stop

    @Allan Rutland

    and how much does the average person in China get paid?

  8. Orochimaru_Sannin
    Linux

    but for people touring China everythings a bargain

    Everything is a bargain if you work in China and get paid state wages or Euro wages. A 5 star restaurant dinner costs no more than 10 - 20 USD. That's a bargain!

  9. Anonymous Coward
    Boffin

    Lazy, ungrateful capitalists can't do the maths...

    7.00 USD = 48.5870 CNY

    Average wage in China (circa 2006): 1,750 yuan a month

    Average Wage Software engineer in China (circa 2005): £6,998

    In PR of China, software engineers you!

  10. Steve

    @ Bryan B

    "the whole thing is just wind-baggery and empty posturing of the highest order. But that seems to be all the PRC's Communist government is about, these days."

    Now all they need is to learn how to quietly pension off corrupt officials instead of executing them and they'll be just like our glorious western governments.

  11. cmantito
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    Here it goes again..

    Just what we needed, another mobile standard that really doesn't do anything new in the world... -.-

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