France Telecom mulls use of China's 3G standard

France Telecom's research unit in Beijing is assessing China's locally developed 3G standard, which its parent company may consider using in Europe at a later date, according to a Dow Jones report.

The report said China's TD-SCDMA standard used a different frequency spectrum for mobile phone calls and data transfers from the other two 3G standards, W-CDMA and cdma2000.

The report also said France Telecom R&D in Beijing applied to join the TD-SCDMA Forum, a group that promoted technical exchanges on the Chinese standard, earlier this month.

That application was approved by the forum, the report said.

"There is a possibility we will consider using TD-SCDMA in Europe when the frequency spectrum for W-CDMA in Europe runs out of capacity," R&D Beijing's public relations manager, Li Juan, was quoted by Dow Jones as saying.

France Telecom's wireless division, Orange, held the frequency spectrum in Europe that supported TD-SCDMA, she said.

China is testing TD-SCDMA networks in several cities nationwide, but there are still no commercial networks based on the standard.