NEC to trial W-CDMA in China

NEC has concluded a deal to work with China's Ministry of Information Industry (MII) on technical trials of next-generation cellular technology, the company said on Tuesday.

The W-CDMA (wideband code division multiple access) trials, which will be carried out with the MII's Research Institute of Telecommunications Transmission, are viewed by NEC as an important foothold for the company's future involvement in China, it said. Using the trials as a stepping stone, the company intends to play a bigger part in the Chinese telecommunications market.

NEC will be working to sign additional deals and alliances in the field of W-CDMA systems covering hardware, software and value-added application services, it said in the statement.

China's mobile telephone operators have yet to make concrete plans regarding third-generation systems although China Unicom, the nation's second carrier, recently scrapped plans to launch a nationwide second-generation cellular network in favour of waiting a few years to launch a third-generation system.

Third-generation systems are capable of higher data transmission speeds and are generally viewed as a necessary step towards mobile multimedia services.

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