Fri, Sep 23, 2005 - Page 11 News List

Nokia opens world's first 3G content center in Taipei

By Lisa Wang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Nokia Oyj, the world's largest mobile-phone company, yesterday launched its 3G-based mobile content development center in Taipei, the first of its kind in the world, thereby deepening its relationship with local telecom operators.

The center will focus on developing contents and services for 3G technology said to feature rich multimedia functions and allow users to surf the Internet, stream real-time videos, watch movies and send data at high speeds.

The center is a joint program with Taiwan's Institute for Information Industry to establish localized training programs, said the Espoo, Finland-based Nokia.

"Nokia has chosen Taiwan to set up its first Mobile Services Development Center due to Taiwan's strong innovation and developing capability," said Wei Yuan (袁偉), vice president of the operating and sales division for "Greater China."

The company will work closely with Taiwan's authorities, operators and partners to develop quality products and solutions to bring a brand-new and exciting mobile experience to local consumers, Nokia said in a statement.

But Nokia did not say how much the company invested in the mobile service center. Taiwan's top three wireless service providers now use Nokia's 3G equipment.

"Nokia plays a vital role in this market and would like to ensure the 3G market is a great success here," said Mike Wang (王建亞), general manager of the Hong Kong and Taiwan region.

After Taipei, Nokia plans to set up a similar mobile content development center in Hangzhou, capital of China's Zhejiang Province, Nokia said.

With 3G starting around the world, the Mobile Services Development Center has been created to facilitate the joint development of mobile content services and applications for the Chinese-speaking community, Yuan said.

In addition to the center, Nokia said it will cooperate with Taiwan's leading phone company Chunghwa Telecom Co (中華電信) to launch the first mobile film festival in the Asia Pacific region.

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