New World Mobility (NWM) and Nokia have signed a memorandum of understanding to further the development of 3rd Generation Mobile Communication services in Hong Kong. The announcement was made during a New World Mobility's visit to Nokia's research center in Yokohama, Japan.
A field trial, scheduled to begin during this month, will open the door for a new class of advanced mobile applications such as video conferencing, multimedia data transmission and other applications based on advanced wideband Mobile Internet access.
New World Mobility and Nokia will implement and test a trial system in Hong Kong based on Nokia's leading-edge 3G WCDMA technology. The results will be used to evaluate the technology in a real operating environment, including demonstration of Mobile Internet services and applications.
Albert Wong, Chief Executive of New World Telephone Group said, "Our visit to Japan further strengthens our confidence in introducing the 3rd Generation mobile communications services to Hong Kong. The local demand for high-speed data capability is expected to be enormous. By today's memorandum, New World Mobility lays a solid foundation in this ground breaking area with Nokia. By combining New World Mobility's extensive local reach and Nokia's undisputed expertise, we believe this trial will make us better equipped in the implementation of 3rd Generation services."
"At New World Mobility, we are always committed to delivering the most advanced technology and quality services to our customers. Throughout the years, we have been devoted to invest in extending our network coverage and enhancing our service quality. The development of 3rd Generation is no exception and we look forward to the unveil of this new era of mobile communications," added Mr. Wong.
The Nokia 3G WCDMA trial system comprises of network equipment, software and mobile terminal prototypes to allow thorough testing of coverage, transmission speed, handovers, power control and general functionalities of the technology, as well as real service applications. Tests will also be carried out to ensure seamless voice and data transmission.
Jonathan Yip, General Manager, Nokia Networks, Hong Kong says: "With this field system, New World Mobility will be able to develop and test services that combine mobile communications with the power of the Internet, which will help meet their customers' future needs. Nokia aims to continue working with operators across the globe, providing them with the capability to introduce WCDMA services when the markets are ready."