Representatives from major Chinese telecommunications operators recently witnessed first-hand the potential of 3G UMTS applications at Motorola's (NYSE:MOT) laboratory in Beijing. This was Motorola's first high-speed audio and data call through a live, completely integrated end-to-end UMTS system in China.
The demonstrations, made over a UMTS system with seamless connections between wireless and data networks in several locations, showed some practical uses for mobile phones using today's emerging 3G technologies. During the demonstrations, visitors were able to experience real-time videoconferences, play online games, enjoy high-speed Internet browsing, e-mail and deliver short message services from the UMTS system to current commercialized GSM handsets.
Motorola has conducted numerous UMTS trials at customer locations in Australia and Spain, and in its other laboratories worldwide in addition to this recent demonstration for operators in Beijing.
"Motorola is leveraging its world-leading planning, designing and optimization experience in Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA), and its wireless voice and data experience in Global System for Mobile (GSM) communications and General Packet Radio Service (GPRS), to develop and deploy high quality UMTS networks," said Ruey Bin Kao, Motorola vice president and general manager of its Global Telecom Solution Sector in China. "We are the first foreign manufacturer in China to have successfully cooperated with a domestic infrastructure supplier on UMTS system integration."
Motorola's UMTS solution used for this demonstration includes a base station (Node B) and base station controller, core network, application server and a simulated mobile terminal. "Our UMTS base station, with fourth generation CDMA technology and compatibility with Release 99, is one of the smallest Node B's and one of the most advanced in the industry," said Kao.
Motorola's UMTS RAN (UTRAN), also offers intelligent radio coverage, reliability control, capacity control and operation and maintenance that can help operators optimize the management of their resources, reduce the number of base stations, cut down system costs and lower investment risks.
Motorola is playing an important role in China's GPRS commercial network construction, and is an active participant in the development of 3G in China. Motorola has cooperated with the Research Institute of Telecommunications and Transmission of China's Ministry of Information Industry for 3G standardization in China. The cooperation projects include a China IMT-2000 frequency interference study, UTRAN, Quality of Service (QoS) mechanism and a 3G service call flow simulation study. Motorola recently also signed a cooperative agreement with China's largest mobile telecom operator, China Mobile Communications Corporation (CMCC), to begin a 3G service dimensioning research project in China.