CHINA Unicom expects to sell 90 million WCDMA phones this year, a 50 percent annual jump, as the company taps its high-speed 3.5G mobile network and cooperation with global mobile brands, the country’s No. 2 mobile operator said.
China Unicom and Nokia Corp jointly launched the latest Lumia 520 mobile phone that costs 1,298 yuan (US$206) yesterday in Hangzhou that is compatible with the WCDMA (wideband code division multiple access) technology the telco adopts.
The 3.5G network provides a mobile bandwidth of 21 megabytes per second, triple the level of current 3G networks operated by China Mobile and China Telecom, industry insiders said.
”With the fastest 3G network in China, we will expand business and market share through more cooperation with overseas brands, like Nokia,” said Zhou Youmeng, China Unicom’s marketing director.
The telco hopes the faster network and international cooperation will help it sell 90 million WCDMA phones compared with 60.1 million units last year, according to Zhou.
It has upgraded its networks to 3.5G in 330 cities nationwide, including Shanghai, Beijing and Hangzhou. The company has cooperated with phone makers to launch 50 phones supporting its 3.5G network, including Apple’s iPhone.
Source: Shanghai Daily