Motorola Inc. on Friday (May 28) said it has opened a technology center in China that will research wireless data services and help carriers evaluate applications and integrate them into their networks.
Motorola, which has invested more than $3.4 billion in China, built the Application Center of Excellence in Beijing with the help of China's major telecommunication companies and third-party application developers, officials with the Schaumburg, Ill.-based, cellular-phone maker said.
By working software developers at the center, Motorola hopes to make it easier for carriers to integrate applications into their networks, while also providing quality control, strong engineering and logistic support and a sales and marketing channel. Internet-based wireless applications are a crucial element in providing data services to emerging high-speed, cellular-phone networks.
"Offering the services of the Motorola Application COE in China provides enhanced opportunities for greater cooperation not only with operators but also with strategic solution providers and third-party developers in the telecom industry," Patrick Kung, Motorola corporate vice president and general manager in North Asia, said in a statement.
China is a growing market for major cellular phone makers, which are looking to build strong ties with carriers in the developing nation. Ericsson, for example, said Friday it has signed a $58 million services and wireless equipment contract with Jiangsu Mobile Communication Co. Ltd. in China.
Motorola, which opened its first research center in China in 1993, now has 19 centers with more than 1,600 R&D engineers.