Asia Express - Mobile Communications
3G Development in China November 30 - December 6
December 05, 2009
- China Telecom plans to offer more 3G mobile phones priced at the level of 1,000 RMB (US$147.1; US$1=6.8 RMB) before year-end 2009 to boost the adoption of 3G mobile devices in China, according to a SinoCast Daily Business Beat report on December 2. China Mobile has selected 68 models for the promotion plan. 21 models have already been launched, with 20 to 30 more models slated for rollout by the year-end, while the rest are expected to hit the market in the first half of 2010. China Mobile's 3G network, based on the indigenous TD-SCDMA (Time Division-Synchronous Code Division Multiple Access) technology, has thus far covered 31 provinces and autonomous regions in China.

- Chinese telecom solution provider ZTE has reached a strategic partnership agreement with Google for embedding Google applications, such as Google Maps and search engine, in ZTE's 3G mobile devices, according to a Chinese-language Sohu report on December 3. Furthermore, ZTE and Google plan to jointly develop 3G Android-platform mobile devices customized for different regional markets. In addition, ZTE has also joined China Mobile's Ophone initiative, aiming to launch its first batch of Ophones in the first half of 2010. ZTE's Ophones are expected to be embedded with China Mobile's Mobile Market application store.