China Gearing Up for 3G Video
Alcatel Shanghai Bell (ASB), Alcatel’s joint venture in Shanghai, is close to wrapping up a deal with a domestic company to develop TD-SCDMA, the Chinese homegrown 3G standard, according to Monday’s China Daily. The company signed an agreement with Shanghai Media Group (SMG) last week in Shanghai to jointly develop video applications. “Multimedia services will be a key element for the success of 3G. The co-operation with SMG will strengthen our leading position in that particular area,” said Gerard Dega, president of ASB.
“The negotiation is still going on and we expect the result will come out very soon,” said Qiu Ronghong, vice-president of ASB. SMG is to provide 11 channels of TV programmes to ASB, including news and entertainment. As a result, mobile phone subscribers in the Chinese mainland, and Chinese communities in Japan and Australia, will be able to watch TV programmes on phones supported by ASB’s 3G network. Continue >>