China is having its annual national congress meeting recently. Besides blocking the traffic in Beijing, the officials are also trying to decide (or seems to trying to decide) the future of the country. China Mobile’s Chairman, Wang Jiangzhou, who is also a high ranking government official, said something quite amusing to the local press.

He said Apple’s CEO Steve Jobs is very interested in TD-LTE, and promised to do R&D on it soon. But, he could say when there will be an iPhone with TD standard. (Here is an article about it in local press: http://tech.sina.com.cn/t/2011-03-07/03465253196.shtml)

China has been pushing its own 3G standard TD-SCDMA since its inception. It is a way for China to develop its own IP rights. But, TD’s development met with a lot of obstacle. Its official launch was delayed again and again. When it was finally ready in 2009, Chinese government gave it an ultimate boost by licensing TD to China Mobile, the strongest mobile operator in the country, with over 70% users.

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Sherman So

Author of Red Wired: China's Internet Revolution, the first book to completely survey the nature of China's internet. (http://redwiredrevolution.com/) She previously was the lead China technology reporter...