iPhoneAsia comment: Nokia is now making a bit of amends and “publically” committing to TD-SCDMA. Nokia was late to the party and this no doubt irked officals in China. Nokia will soon deliver a TD-SCDMA handset. The real back story is long and complicated … suffice to say that while “talking” TD-SCDMA, China Mobile and Nokia will be privately focusing on TD-LTE 4G as they formulate any long-term build/spend plans on future “TD” technology.
“Our goal is to not only develop TD-SCDMA products that can deliver outstanding user experiences to consumers, but also to work with operators, chipset providers, developers and all parties along the value chain to support the creation of a vibrant TD-SCDMA ecosystem in China.”
Nokia has started the development of a TD-SCDMA device based on S60 on Symbian OS, and plans to launch the product before the end of 2009. According to the company, the S60 TD-SCDMA device will enrich the TD-SCDMA device portfolio for Chinese consumers, and promote the development of TD-SCDMA in China.
By launching the S60-based TD-SCDMA device, Nokia combines Symbian’s resources with the market opportunities provided by TD-SCDMA. There are currently over 10,000 third-party S60 on Symbian OS applications commercially available. The current S60 on Symbian OS applications will be compatible with S60-based TD-SCDMA devices, offering enriched experiences to China’s TD-SCDMA users.
Giles added that the development of Symbian-based applications and services not only benefit the TD-SCDMA industry, but also facilitate the 3G services in China.