China submits homegrown 4G standard to ITU

12 April 2010

Ted Chwu

During October 2009 China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) announced that it had submitted China's homegrown 4G mobile telecommunication standard “TD-LTE-Advanced” specification to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) as a candidate for the ITU’s preferred international 4G standard.

TD-LTE-Advanced is a development of China’s homegrown 3G mobile telecommunication standard TD-SCDMA, which is currently being used. At the time of writing the ITU has received six 4G candidate technology specifications, and most analysts expect this to come down to a fight between variants of LTE (Long Term Evolution) supported by 3GPP and many mobile operators, and Wi-MAX (IEEE 802.16), which is being supported by IEEE and other hardware companies (most notably Intel).

The ITU plans to make its final decision on international 4G standards in October 2010.