via WikipediaYou might remember this acronym: TD-SCDMA. Some years ago I learned how to pronounce it flawless as the China-based 3G service was moving ahead to compete with existing European and American solutions for the third generation mobile phones. It was a highly political enterprise, since it seemed that for the first time China was able to set up a global standard.
The Beijing Olympic games in 2008 were then set a the moment for the 3G service to be fully deployed, so we could all see the games on the new mobile phones. But as 2007 moved on the issue of 3G mobile phone licenses and TD-SCDMA itself remained in murky bureaucratic waters; the Olympic Games disappeared as a deadline.
Now I read in China CSR that Commit, a major player in this field had stopped to halt its operation, facing a bankruptcy. It owned its employees RMB 20 million (€2 million) in backpayments and has negotiated a deal with the trade union to pay the money back.
Established in February 2002, Commit Incorporated consists of 17 industrial enterprises, including China Putian Corporation, China Academy of Telecommunications Technology, Texas Instruments (China), Nokia (China) Investment Co. Limited, LG Electronics, Inc., and Hyper Market International Limited.This sounds like the beginning of the end of TD-SCDMA. That means a lot of Chinese dreams will be shattered.