Telecom & Wireless

Dbtel Launching 3G Phone In 2006

Dbtel Technology, one of Taiwan's top-three own-brand mobile-phone makers, unveiled a mobile-phone model incorporating TD-SCDMA chips at PT ExpoComm China 2004 yesterday.

The Dbtel 2906 model, supporting China's 3G standard, is slated to be available by 2006, according to the company. China's 3G (third-generation) operating licenses are expected to be available by mid-2005, Wang Xu-dong, minister of China's Ministry of Information Industry (MII), said yesterday at the telecom fair.

Commit, a joint venture between Dbtel and chip vendor Texas Instruments (TI), has succeeded in developing its first TD-SCDMA handset chip, and it is incorporated in the 2906 model, Dbtel indicated. Commit's second chip supporting TD-SCDMA will have reduced dimensions and will be unveiled in the first quarter of 2005, added Dbtel.

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