Taiwanese handset vendor HTC has signed a memorandum of understanding with China Mobile, the world’s largest mobile operator by subscriber numbers, that will see the two firms collaborate on the development of smartphones for China’s home-grown TD-SCDMA cellular standard.
The two firms said the project will see them co-operate on technical research, product development, market research and customer service. While the 3G TD-SCDMA standard will provide the initial focus, the companies will also work together on the development of handsets for TD-LTE.
China Mobile’s chairman Wang Jianzhou paid tribute to HTC’s achievements in the smartphone sector, describing the vendor’s performance as “most impressive”. HTC has established a strong position in the market for smartphones based on the Windows Mobile operating system and taken the lead in the nascent Android sector.