Alcatel and Intel announced recently the signing of a MOU to jointly promote advanced mobile Internet applications using Linux operating system in China.

The MOU was signed through Alcatel Shanghai Bell, Alcatel's flagship Chinese company. Under the terms of the MOU, Alcatel and Intel will together help mobile service providers identify and design mobile Internet applications, leveraging Alcatel's existing 3G Reality Centre (3GRC) in Shanghai. Initial projects will focus on WAP gateway, Charging proxy, Multi Media Messaging (MMS) and other mobile Internet application solutions which will run on the Intel(R) Xeon(R) processor using a Linux operating environment. These solutions will be tested in Alcatel's 3G Reality Centre (3GRC) in Shanghai before being introduced to mobile service providers in the Asia Pacific region and then in the rest of the world.

"Telecommunications equipment manufacturers (TEMs) and carriers are increasingly realizing the value of moving to modular systems based on open, interoperable hardware and software building blocks that bring significant flexibility and cost efficiency," said Ian Yang, country manager for Intel in China.

"The cooperation with Intel will strengthen Alcatel's capability to provide cost-effective and highly reliable mobile Internet applications to wireless service providers," said Andrew Young, President of Alcatel Shanghai Bell. "Besides purely voice calls and entry-level mobile data services such as SMS, end-users expect more interesting mobile services. Thanks to this strategic agreement with Intel, we will help mobile service providers to further develop new value-added applications in order to meet advanced end-users' needs, specifically in China one of the strongest booming mobile market in the world," he added.

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