Motorola and Huawei collaborate on 3G

The two vendors will cooperate to enhance their portfolio of UMTS and HSPA infrastructure, creating a joint research and development centre in Shanghai.

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By  Alex Ritman Published  July 27, 2006

Motorola and Huawei have announced a new collaboration to enhance their portfolio of UMTS and HSPA infrastructure. One of the key elements of this new cooperation will be the creation of a joint research and development centre in Shanghai, employees of both companies will work on development of the architecture and portfolio of products and services. To the collaboration, Motorola will bring its knowledge of network design, deployment and integration, as well as providing value added services such as network performance, network security, network management and operation support systems (OSS). Huawei will contribute its expertise in technology innovation, research and development. According to Greg Brown, president of networks & enterprise at Motorola, the new cooperation will better position the companies to meet the 3G network infrastructure needs of customers. “This agreement enhances our technological innovation while also creating cost savings for our business,” he added. The new agreement comes amid rumours from analysts that Motorola could be forced to offload its network business, or increase the size of the unit through acquisition. The company is coming under increasing competitive pressure from the mergers of rivals, such as Alcatel and Lucent, and the expanding international presence of companies such as Huawei.

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