A global mobile standard

 The chances to have LTE as a global standard for mobile telephony are looking better and better… at last

For sure it has taken some time to clear the Chinese 3G hurdle but business sense is prevailing again and there has been (almost) no loss of face with the  TD-SCDMA standard - Chinese engineers and politicians can rest their case.

China Mobile, who was “entrusted” with rolling out TD-SCDMA, is looking towards deploying LTE before the end of the year. The company has even joined its former strategic partner Vodafone for a pilot trial.

Two questions remain: when will the legacy technologies be decommissionned and who will get the royalties fees? Maybe industrial policy is not dead after all.