Local media is swirling with rumors that part of the WCDMA trial network built in southern China will be transformed into a TD-SCDMA network in order to offset any loss from dismantling the network and to save resources.
In 2006, the Ministry of Information Industry received complaints from companies that some operators were secretly building a WCDMA trial network in Guangdong, Hunan and Jiangxi in southern China without approval. Later, MII halted the construction of the WCDMA network in these areas and asked for part of the network to be dismantled. However, there has been no detailed information on the progress of the dismantling until a recent conference where experts disclosed that the WCDMA network in some of the cities has been reconstructed into the TD-SCDMA network.
Currently, technical issues on how to transform WCDMA into TD-SCDMA are being studied and the full transformation should take place in the coming months.