Motorola and China Team Up for 3G Technology and Research Cooperation

Motorola, Inc., which is a leader in the research and development of third generation (3G) mobile communications technologies, today announced an agreement of technology and research cooperation for 3G with the Ministry of Information Industry (MII) of the People's Republic of China. The joint effort will involve the development and implementation of 3G technologies in China.

Under the agreement, Motorola's Network Solutions Sector (NSS) will cooperate with the Research Institute of Telecommunications Transmission (RITT) under MII to conduct two research projects on 3G. Each party will contribute about 10 people to do the research, which is jointly participated by NSS R&D centers in Swindon, England, and Beijing, China, and RITT.

The projects aim to gain a better understanding of the unique 3G needs of the Chinese market, including applications, standards, network design and implementation. Motorola has focused on 3G research and development for more than 10 years.

"Motorola has taken a lead role in encouraging the convergence of the various 3G standards," said Tom Hinton, vice president and general manager of Motorola Greater China Network Solutions Division (GCNSD). "With this partnership, Motorola and MII will work together to understand the unique technology and applications issues that must be addressed in China to assure successful third generation technology evolution," said Hinton.

In October 1999, Motorola NSS opened its second R&D center in Chengdu, located in southeast China, and expanded its Beijing R&D center to support 2.5G general packet radio service (GPRS) implementation and 3G trials in China.

Motorola also conducted a recent GPRS demonstration in Beijing. The demonstration was conducted in the laboratory of Motorola NSS Beijing R&D center with additional packet switching network components developed by Motorola, including a GPRS mobile station, a packet control unit, a serving GPRS support node, a gateway GPRS support node, an operations and maintenance center for the network and a Web server.

RITT is non-commercial institute of MII and plays a key role in coordinating the technical specification and standardization work on telecommunication technologies in China

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