Communications Weekly, 1/05/10
China Mobile (NYSE: CHL; 0941.HK) has announced the completion of the selection of participants for its Shanghai World Expo TD-LTE data card terminal joint R&D project. Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell, Motorola China, and chipset manufacturer Innofidei were chosen as participants.
In the first quarter of the year, Innofidei will release a prototype baseband chipset that supports the TD-LTE protocol, and will manufacturer data cards and CPE terminals in support of the Shanghai World Expo TD-LTE demonstration system based on that chipset.
Many industry insiders have expressed surprise that Innofidei, who is relatively new to the telecom sector, was chosen. A representative at Innofidei said that the selection was a significant affirmation for the company, and Innofidei would issue a public statement soon, but that no further details were available at present. However, industry sources noted that Innofidei had begun preparation for entry into the TD-LTE sector a long time ago, having demonstrated a TD-LTE chip at an international telecom expo in Beijing last year along with the TD-SCDMA Industry Alliance.
Editor's Note: Innofidei is primarily known as a developer of chipsets for China's CMMB mobile TV standard.