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Nokia builds phone for Chinese 3G
27 October 2009
Nokia has announced its first phone that uses the Chinese 3G standard, TD-SCDMA, and hopes to release it, for use on China Mobile’s network, by the end of December 2009
Comment: China Mobile needs TD-SCDMA devices if its
3G roll-out is to be a success in competition with China
Telecom, which is using Qualcomm’s 3G version, and
China Unicom, which is using the global UMTS standard, both
likely to result in lower prices for Chinese users. There is
only a remote possibility that TD-SCDMA will find application
in other markets — so Nokia has only one customer for
the new terminal.
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Nokia has announced its first device for TD-SCDMA —
China's domestic 3G standard — at an event in Beijing.
The Nokia 6788 is the result of close collaboration between
Nokia and the world’s largest mobile phone
operator, China Mobile.
Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, CEO of Nokia, said at the launch:
"Nokia sees TD-SCDMA as being central to the successful
evolution of 3G in China, and so is fully committed to this 3G
The new device has a five-megapixel camera with a 70
millimetre QVGA display. It uses the Symbian S60 platform.
Nokia says the terminal is "inspired by traditional Chinese
furniture and architecture" and "incorporates Chinese design
elements including traditional Chinese patterns on the back of
the slide and the battery cover". However the company has not
yet published pictures of it.
TD-SCDMA is a Chinese 3G standard allocated to China Mobile,
whose vice-president, Lu Xiangdong, commented: "We are excited
to see the launch of Nokia 6788. With extensive experience in
the China market, Nokia will provide Chinese consumers with
TD-SCDMA solutions that are perfectly catered to their
China Mobile is known to be concerned about the cost of
TD-SCDMA devices because it is so far a China-only standard
— and because, of the three Chinese 3G operators, only
China Mobile is using it.
"Such cooperation between the world’s largest
operator and the world’s leading mobile phone
manufacturer will provide an important boost to the development
of TD-SCDMA in China," said Lu. GTB