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Netbooks to roam on 3G chipsets

NETBOOKS with built-in 3G chipsets will be on sale in Shanghai on Monday.

They will allow users Internet access anywhere there is a mobile phone signal, China Mobile's Shanghai branch said yesterday.

The netbooks, which cost from 3,000 yuan to 5,000 yuan (US$439 to US$732), feature 10.1-inch screens, Intel CPUs and a chipset supporting China Mobile's 3G network.

Models will be on sale at Shanghai Mobile's 19 local outlets.

"Netbooks and 3G are a good combination. The mobility allows people to access the Internet any time at any place," said Wang Yong, ZTE's 3G division market director.

ZTE, the country's biggest public telecommunications equipment maker, provided the 3G components and chipsets for China Mobile's netbooks.

China issued 3G licenses to the three mobile carriers in January.

China Mobile's network is based on home-grown TD-SCDMA (time division-synchronous code division multiple access) technology. China Unicom will operate networks based on Europe-developed WCDMA (wideband CDMA) while China Telecom uses United States-developed CDMA 2000 technology.

Compared to the other two technologies, China Mobile's lacks support from handset makers. Netbooks are a good way to expand China Mobile's 3G product portfolio, industry insiders said.

China Telecom and China Unicom haven't announced plans for 3G netbooks.



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