Nokia plans to launch its first TD-SCDMA-enabled smartphone targeting the high-end segment of China’s handset market by the end of 2009.
Nokia launched a total of 11 new handsets for the China market in mid-June, including nine WCDMA-enabled models and one CDMA EVDO-enabled handset but none of them were TD-SCDMA models.
The bankruptcy of Nokia’s previous China-based TD-SCDMA solution partner, Commit, last year has forced Nokia to locate a new partner, Deng explained.
However, the planned launch of Nokia’s first TD-SCDMA handset is still within the target schedule, Deng stated, adding that Nokia definitely will launch a comprehensive lineup of TD-SCDMA phones for varied segments.
Overall, Nokia is currently the number-one handset vendor in China accounting for more than 30% share, according to market data.