China Mobile plans to establish a research and development center in Silicon Valley in the United States in 2009, according to the company’s senior executive.
This will be the first time China’s telecom industry releases an overseas research and development plan since the recent restructuring. It is also China Mobile’s first overseas research and development effort.
President of China Mobile’s Institute of Research Huang Xiaoqing says that for a long time, voice services has contributed to the majority of China Mobile’s revenue, but now it needs some innovations and Silicon Valley has the best environment.
In the past, mobile and the Internet services were operated on two independent platforms. However, the merger of the two has pushed for the need to have a unified mobile platform.
At present, China Mobile is actively contacting other operators to establish a jointly-managed mobile platform like Google‘s Android mobile phone operating system.