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Nokia launches 3G China Mobile handset

NOKIA Corp launched its first China-standard 3G phone yesterday in Beijing, marking closer cooperation between the world's biggest mobile phone maker and China Mobile, the world's No. 1 mobile carrier.

Nokia, which now has produced models for all three 3G systems, has established a research team for TD-SCDMA (time division-synchronous code division multiple access), a 3G technology developed by China, Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, chief executive of Nokia, said in Beijing yesterday.

"Nokia's debut of TD-SCDMA phone has a unique meaning," said Lu Xiangdong, China Mobile's executive vice president. "The market leader's expansion into TD-SCDMA will boost the development of the TD-SCDMA environment in China."

Nokia has sold at least 200 million mobile phones in China, which has 700 million handset users.

The new Nokia 6788, which features a 5-megapixel camera with a dual-LED flash, a 2.8-inch display and Nokia's Symbian S60 platform, is customized for China Mobile's high-end users. It is expected to become available at the end of this year.

China Mobile expects 3 million people to use the TD-SCDMA system by the end of next year, triple the current level. The limited variety of handsets has held back China Mobile's 3G business, Lu said.

In January, China issued 3G licenses to three mobile carriers. The 3G network gives users access to the high-speed service such as video conferencing and downloading films.

China Mobile adopted the TD-SCDMA 3G technology, which is less mature compared with the other two systems - the American-developed CDMA 2000 and European-developed WCDMA, analysts said.

The Chinese government welcomed overseas firms to develop TD-SCDMA phones for the huge domestic market, according to Wen Ku, a senior official from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.



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