Motorola (NYSE: MOT) made its first live CDMA 1X data call successfully in China yesterday in a live demonstration at PT Wireless & Networks Comm China 2001 in Beijing, demonstrating to Chinese telecom operators, the company's leadership in CDMA technology.
Working with China Unicom, a major telecom operator in China, Motorola demonstrated both multi-media wireless video streaming and high-speed web browsing at the Motorola booth during PT Wireless. The demonstration was conducted over a live CDMA 1X trial system, built jointly by Motorola and China Unicom, Beijing Branch. The Motorola V67handset was used for the demonstration. Motorola is the first company in China that achieved the data call with its own CDMA 1X system and handset.
The live demonstration showed that Motorola has expedited its pace to promote future CDMA solutions in the China market. In addition to the CDMA 1X trial system developed jointly with China Unicom, Beijing Branch, Motorola recently demonstrated CDMA 2000 EV-DV 3G technology in China for the first time, at the Shenzhen High-Tech Fair held on October 12th - 17th.
CDMA 1X technology is gaining popularity. To date, Motorola has been awarded 10 commercial contracts worldwide to provide CDMA 1X solutions in Japan, the United States, Brazil, Malaysia and the Ukraine.
CDMA 1X is backward compatible with IS95A/B and supports 144kb/s packet data. In China, the live CDMA 1X demonstration reached a speed of 153.6kb/s, the maximum of its design speed, increasing the capacity of the current CDMA IS95B system by 4 to 6 times for data applications and by 1.4 to 1.6 times for voice services. This increased speed creates opportunities for telecom operators to offer more value-added applications, such as high-speed Internet access, advertising and video conferencing. End-users can download music and data directly from the Internet to portable wireless equipment such as mobile phones, laptops,palm computers and personal digital assistants (PDAs).
Motorola is China Unicom's largest supplier of CDMA infrastructure and plays an important role in China's CDMA network deployment. In May 2001, Motorola was awarded $407 million in CDMA contracts by China Unicom and recently signed a $34.8 million contract for the expansion of China Unicom's Hebei 800MHz CDMA network.
"We are very proud to be the first company in China that has achieved CDMA 1X data call with its own end-to-end solutions. As a global leader of CDMA solutions and the leading supplier of CDMA 1X systems, Motorola is committed to supporting China's nationwide CDMA 1X deployment", said Mr. Ruey Bin Kao, Motorola Vice President and General Manager of the China Telecom Carrier Solutions Sector.
"CDMA technology enables telecom operators to realize smooth migration to 1X without replacement of their current BTS," he added. "This will help operators to minimize cost and protect investment while allowing the powerful capabilities of CDMA 1X to bring convenience along with new and exciting experiences to the end user. It is through these types of solutions and services that will make future devices smarter and our lives simpler."
With an equally impressive record in terminal products provision, Motorola is the only foreign company in China to receive a license to manufacture CDMA handsets in China. Motorola has recently signed agreements with distributors across China to supply the first batch of two million CDMA handsets for China Unicom.