TeleGeography, citing a Xinhua report, notes that China Mobile will provide funding of CNY600 million (US$88 million) to 12 TD-SCDMA phone and chip manufacturers.
China Mobile Chairman Wang Jianzhou said this week he was “optimistic” that the operator’s bid to buy a minority stake in Taiwanese mobile firm Far EasTone would go ahead, despite the Taiwanese government’s continued reluctance to lift its ban on Chinese investment in its telecom sector.
China Mobile will next month launch an Android-based handset from HTC, according to reports in the Financial Times and Wall Street Journal. Both reports state the device will be a customised version of HTC’s Magic handset, already offered by Vodafone.
TeleGeography notes that Hong Kong’s telecoms regulator OFTA has confirmed that the three qualified bidders for a new GSM 1800MHz frequency allocation are:
Two industry groups – the TD Industry Association (TDIA) and the Next Generation Mobile Networks (NGMN) Alliance – are teaming up with the aim of promoting TD-LTE technology worldwide and ensuring the development of a converged standard for Frequency Division Duplex (FDD)-
Far EasTone’s shareholders have approved the planned sale of a 12% stake to China Mobile, Dow Jones Newswire reports.