Chinese Unicom has said that it will spend $14.5 billion on new network infrastructure over the next two years as it rushes it plans to deploy its 3G network. However, while the company does not have a 3G license right now, it is still waiting to for a government-inspired reorganisation that will see the best parts of China Unicom merge with China Netcom.
The rest of Unicom will go to China Telecom, that will also see China Telecom merging China Satcom and China Mobile absorbing China TieTong – a fixed line operator. This will effectively reduce its telecommunication operators to 3; China Telecom, China Unicom and China Mobile – all now will be able to offer fixed and mobile telecommunications as well as broadband.
The 3G network that will be deployed is different to what is used in the western world, as it will be using its own variation – the TD-SCDMA network.