Jan. 1, 2000 12:00 AM
This month's Dateline China is in the form of "news in brief" snippets chosen to demonstrate how the pace of infrastructure and application development here is hotting up. These stories all stem from colorful, bustling Shanghai, whose name means "on the sea," the home to 8 million residents and an itinerant population of about 2 million workers. As China's largest city and its financial center, Shanghai has over 5 million mobile phone subscribers.
China Unicom Launches CDMA 1x Wireless in Shanghai
Shanghai Unicom said that their new fee proposal awaits approval from the head office. However, insiders revealed that until nationwide universal fee rates are announced, the company will set up a trial period for CDMA 1x users. That's to say, use of CDMA 1x will initially be free.
In addition, Shanghai Unicom also launched a UMAX wireless CDMA data business. It provides WAP browsing, multimedia download, and speedy Internet access service up to 153.6k bps. Shortly, Shanghai Unicom plans to provide VOD, GPS, e-map and navigation, and mobile e-business services.
Motorola and Kyocera will act both as CDMA mobile phone vendors and as value-add service vendors to China Unicom.
Improving Wireless Indoors and Outdoors
The first phase of the upgrade included major transportation hubs such as Shanghai's Hongqiao airport, which now has enhanced wireless connectivity, along with 600 hotels, shopping centers, and office buildings throughout Shanghai. By the time it is completed later this year, the network will connect over 2,000 buildings.
Shanghai Mobile contracted Andrew Telecommunications (China) Co, Ltd., to provide coverage so users could move around freely with no disruption of service in airports, railway stations, hotels, and offices. Having opened its first Asian manufacturing plant in Suzhou in 1997, Andrew China is now assisting with the creation, expansion, and upgrading of wireless systems throughout the country, and has sales offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, and Guangzhou and distribution centers in Beijing and Guangzhou.
China's First Wireless LCD PCTV
The PCTC features reception of high-quality TV programs, PIP (picture-in-picture) function for simultaneous TV and computer display, and can be connected with a VCD/DVD player.
Global Mobile Congress in Shanghai Announced
There has been tremendous interest recently in China's huge wireless markets and business opportunities. By 2008, China's wireless mobile markets will be over $200 billion. The objective of this global mobile congress will be to gather the research, development, deployment, marketing, policy, and business updates in the global mobile communications and present an overview of state-of-the-art emerging wireless mobile technologies - globally or locally - as well as perspectives on future development in order to promote research and strategy activities, business plans, and market analysis.
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