China Mobile, the world's top wireless carrier, hopes to wrap up construction this year of networks in the first eight cities to receive TD-SCDMA, the homegrown high-speed third-generation wireless standard, its chief executive said on Tuesday.
Wang Jianzhou also said the company was discussing the possibility of offering Apple's iPhones on its network, but brushed off suggestions they might come to an agreement soon.
Trials of TD-SCDMA are being conducted and once construction of all networks has been completed the company will embark on a final commercial trial, Wang told reporters at the Mobile Asia Congress in the Chinese gambling enclave of Macau.
"Once everything has been done, we will review the results accordingly," Wang said. The final trial will include testing out the network and the compatibility of phones that are used on it.
Wang expressed interest in Apple's iPhone, but there was no sign any deal would be reached soon. "We're discussing with Apple people but haven't any agreement," Wang told reporters. "Our customers like this kind of fashionable product, and I think the big problem is with this model," he said, without commenting further.