Motorola, Huawei to cooperate on UMTS network R&D

Motorola, Huawei to cooperate on UMTS network R&D
Published: Tuesday 25 July 2006 | 04:08 PM CET
From Telecompaper

Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) and Huawei Technologies, Co., Ltd. (“Huawei”), a leader in providing next generation telecommunications network solutions for operators around the world, today announced a new collaboration to bring an enhanced and extensive portfolio of UMTS and HSPA infrastructure equipment to customers worldwide. By combining their expertise in UMTS, the companies will meet the needs of mobile operators today and in the future.

One of the keys to this UMTS venture is the creation of a joint research and development center in Shanghai, China, where employees from both companies will work on evelopment of the architecture and portfolio of products and services.

This feature rich portfolio will offer mobile operators worldwide a compelling choice of UMTS solutions, including one of the broadest ranges of radio access, circuit and packet core products and high speed packet access (HSPA) over a wide range of new frequency bands. This relationship is expected to provide time-to-market advantages while enhancing the ability of both companies to rapidly evolve their UMTS portfolios for the global market.

Motorola will contribute to the collaboration its services expertise in network design, deployment and integration as well as providing value added services such as network performance, network security, network management and Operation Support Systems (OSS). Motorola’s services portfolio will provide operators with the tailored services offerings they need to address the markets they serve. To this collaboration, Huawei will also contribute its dramatically increasing expertise in technology innovation, research and development.

“Motorola is committed to being a global leader in next-generation networks and to supporting its customers with local in-country expertise. With this collaboration, we are better positioned to meet our customers’ 3G network infrastructure needs both today and in the future,” said Greg Brown, president, Networks & Enterprise, Motorola. “This agreement enhances our technological innovation while also creating cost savings for our business.”

“Due to its technology leadership, abundant experience in mobile and valuable relationships with customers around the world, Motorola is the perfect research and development partner for Huawei. Huawei and Motorola customers will benefit immediately from this collaboration with rapid availability of an innovative and extensive product portfolio, as well as our rich experience in mobile networks,” said Zhang Shunmao, president of Wireless
Product Line of Huawei. “Today’s announcement will result in a highly competitive commercial product and extensive services portfolio, which will provide operators with immediate access and support for high quality, efficient UMTS and HSPA solutions for deployment worldwide, and help enhance their competitiveness in the market.”

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