According to Huawei spokesman Fu Jun, Huawei has already begun producing handsets for use with mobile systems that use the CDMA-1X standard backed by US-based Qualcomm Corp. Fu said Huawei is also developing handsets for W-CDMA, which is the European standard Hong Kong’s Hutchison Whampoa Ltd is using in its 3G service now on offer in Britain and Italy. He added new 3G handsets are being designed in various partnerships with Matsushita Electric Industrial Co’s Panasonic, NEC Corp and Infineon Technologies AG. The company made headlines in December when it signed agreements with Emirates Telecommunications Corp and Hong Kong’s Sunday on the deployment of W-CDMA networks for the two telecom operators.
According to the contract with Hong Kong’s Sunday, Huawei is to provide end-to-end WCDMA solutions including wireless base station systems, core networks, a mobile data management platform as well as mobile data business and applications and terminals. Based on the network, Sunday is expected to roll out its 3G-based services at the end of the year.
Huawei also set up a joint venture with Siemens Mobile in February to explore the development of time division synchronous code division multiple access (TD-SCDMA), the home grown 3G wireless communications standard. Based in Beijing, the total investment for the joint venture will reach more than US$100 million. Of this amount, Siemens owns a 51 per cent stake while Huawei Technologies owns the rest. Huawei Technologies was one of the first of the TD-SCDMA Alliance’s eight members, a group which was set up in October 2002. Full story Here.