China Mobile, Taiwan's HTC join forces on product

TAIPEI: China Mobile and Taiwan's leading smartphone maker HTC Corp have agreed to work together to develop products for the mainland's third generation mobile network, the companies said Monday.

They signed a memorandum of understanding in Taiwan to kick off the partnership, focusing on product and technology development.

"Together, we look forward to expanding the TD-SCDMA industry chain and spurring development of the cross-strait telecommunications sector. We look for this partnership to become a model of cooperation," China Mobile Chairman Wang Jianzhou said in a statement.

TD-SCDMA is the first international technology standard in China's telecommunication industry, employing Chinese-developed intellectual property rights.

"Going forward, HTC will actively develop intelligent advanced wireless broadband products based on the TD-SCDMA standard, and will work closely with China Mobile to design and make products tailored to the needs of the China market," said HTC chief executive officer Peter Chou.

China Mobile, one of the leading telecommunication service providers on the mainland, and HTC said they will also conduct research into mainland consumer trends as part of product development.