April 14, 2006
China and the art of (standards) war
From today's Asia Times:
In the afternoon of January 10, Huang Ju, China's vice premier, made a videophone call from the Science and Technology Innovation Achievements Exhibition that was then being held in Beijing. For the residents of Bijie county, to whom this call was made, it was a simple call from the vice premier that conveyed New Year greetings. But for the global telecom industry, it was an end to several years of anxious waiting.
"I am impressed with the quality of the call," Huang said, and with those words he put the Chinese government's official stamp of approval on the locally developed third-generation (3G) technology that was used for the demonstration. China's operators and global equipment makers had been waiting for years for Beijing to roll out 3G licenses and make a final decision on the technology that it would use for 3G services, expected to start in mid-2006.
Read the rest here.
According to the statistics of the Ministry of Information Industry (MII), China produced, sold and exported respectively 82.8 million, 80.4 million and 39.7 million sets of color TV sets in 2005, up 13.02%, 10.69% and 43.36% from the previous year. The output of mobile phones has increased just as dramatically. China manufactured 303 million mobile phones in total in 2005, some 40% of the world's production. The MII predicted that the number is likely to exceed 340 million this year. Statistics for most other electronics products show similar increases. China is second to the US as a consumer of electronics.