Carriers gearing up for the introduction of third-generation (3G) wireless services in China will have three standards—two foreign, one domestic—to chose from as a result of a decision Wednesday by China’s Ministry of Information Industry to endorse the European W-CDMA and U.S. CDMA2000 standards. In approving the two foreign 3G standards, the ministry established specifications (with the help of foreign and domestic companies) for their use alongside the Chinese TD-SCDMA standard. Specifications for the TD-SCDMA standard were adopted last year, and tests on the standard are now underway in ten Chinese cities. Stressing that the ministry’s goal is to be “technology neutral,” a ministry official stressed: “we will let operators choose which standard they want to use.” Although the government has yet to set a timetable for 3G licensing, officials have promised that 3G wireless services will be made available in time for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.