China Business News, 1/06/09
According to Guangdong Mobile, upgrades to its GSM network were recently completed to support TD-SCDMA on the core network. The upgrades are in preparation for the release of TD-SCDMA numbers and to accommodate China Mobile's (NYSE: CHL; 0941.HK) "Three Nos" policy (no number change, no SIM card change, and no registration).
A source connected with TD-SCDMA planning at Guangdong Mobile revealed that basic GSM and TD-SCDMA network functions can now be completed through the same service platform, and a portion of TD-SCDMA handsets can access TD-SCDMA services through the use of existing GSM SIM cards.
Editor's Note: In an effort to make switching to the TD-SCDMA network more attractive to existing mobile users, China Mobile previously stated that during the second phase of commercial trials for its TD-SCDMA network, the company would implement a "Three Nos" policy for its 3G network - no number change, no SIM card change, and no registration. For more background, please see "China Mobile Reveals "Three Nos" Plan for TD-SCDMA", MD 10/06/08.
In addition Guangdong Mobile will release 188-prefix numbers, which are used only for TD-SCDMA, in Guangzhou and Shenzhen beginning January 8, 2009. For more background, please see "China Mobile Trials 188-Prefix Numbers in Guangdong, Shanghai", MD 12/30/08 issue.