Asia Bizz: Mobile phone manufacturers Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB will be joining hands with China Mobile Holdings Ltd. to develop a mobile phone that is expected to support China’s fourth generation telecommunications technology.
The announcement was made by the global president of Sony Ericsson. The president and CEO of Sony Ericsson Mobile, Bert Nordberg, said that the company hopes to work on time division long-term evolution technology (TD-LTE).
The technology has already been adopted by operators in India, Japan and the United States. Nordberg had expressed that it would be beneficial for them to work with the partners in the development of the handsets, which will in turn give them an opportunity to export the handsets to other markets as well.
Nordberg added that Sony Ericsson has planned to bring the first LTE phone in the market by the year 2012. It is also expected that the new handsets will have 4G chipsets and will also be even more cost competitive.
The president of Sony Ericsson China, Magnus Ahlqvist has said that the new devices are likely to be developed at the new research and development centre in China’s capital Beijing.
The Chinese market is considered to be among the bigest markets in the world for smartphones and this new venture is expected to be a profitable one for both companies.