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Shenzhen to Build 'Wireless City' Services

Shenzhen Special Zone Daily, 4/08/08

Wireless broadband access service provider Shenzhou Unicom announced at a press conference in Shenzhen yesterday that it had completed network technology tests in Changde, Hunan province, and that it planned to officially begin implementation of its "wireless city" project in June of this year, with "wireless construction" set to be completed for two to three cities before the end of this year, and connectivity and roaming between cities set to be completed next year. The first stage of the project, with an investment of RMB 5 bln, will cover nine major and mid-sized cities nationwide. In the initial stage, these cities will be Changde, Shenzhen, and Dongguan, with installation of the 1000 intelligent nodes and 5000 wireless routing units to be completed over the course of six months.

The company plans to make use of next-generation wireless broadband access technology to develop three major business services: the "wireless city" services, internet telephony centers, and value-added services based on the citywide wireless networks, as well as wireless public access, wireless video services, wireless positioning services, wireless payment, wireless internet-based storage, and other special services.

A technology expert from the company said that the "wireless city" plan will use "the new generation of broadband wireless/mobile access communications networks" - specifically, post-3G (WiMAX and Wi-Fi mesh networks) and 4G mobile communications technologies, rather than the domestically developed TD-SCDMA standard or any of the other 3G standards currently being implemented.

Bandwidth for the "wireless city" project could reach 54 Mbps or 108 Mbps; at the same time, because the network is an entirely IP network, a number of services on the network will be free, leading to a marked drop in overall costs.

Keywords: Shenzhou Unicom wireless networking VoIP VAS mesh network China Unicom CHU 0762.HK 600050.SH 3G 4G bandwidth broadband broadband access Changde Dongguan Hunan Internet IP network Shenzhen TD-SCDMA Wi-Fi WiMAX wireless


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