It’s not a secret Chinese 3G aka TD-SCDMA isn’t delivering the numbers expected. According to China’s CCID Consulting, the number of TD-SCDMA subscribers is expected to reach 2.31 million by the end of this year, falling substantially short of the optimistic projection of 20-50 million subscribers.
Since launching the service in early April, China Mobile has attracted slightly over 50,000 subscribers plus 8,000 trial business users, CCID noted.
At the moment more than 40 TD-SCDMA enabled mobile phones have received a network access license in China. However, only a few models are being sold, hence limiting the sales of TD-SCDMA phones. In addition, the TD-SCDMA handsets currently available in the market have only limited multimedia functions, while the data transmission speeds of most models are also not fast enough.
I’m guessing now that potential introduction of TD-SCDMA compatible Symbian S60 handsets in China may boost the sales. Digia certainly hopes so.