Motorola signs $700 million 3G deal

Hutchison Whampoa Group and Motorola have announced the signing of a contract for the delivery of Third Generation (3G) wireless devices in a deal worth more than US$700 million.

As part of the agreement, Motorola was named as Hutchison’s preferred supplier of 3G devices in its key markets, including Australia, Austria, Italy, Sweden and The United Kingdom.

The agreement is said to commit both companies to working together on 3G wireless communications solutions through to at least the end of 2003.

Motorola expects to begin delivery of devices early in the third quarter of 2002.

The devices, in addition to supporting third-party developed applications, will, according to Motorola, have a constant connection to the Internet and will operate on Global Systems for Mobile Communications (GSM), General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) and Universal Mobile Telecommunications Service (UMTS) wireless networks.

3G device designs will allow people to enjoy mobile multimedia services with reliable integration of voice, data, video images and other multimedia services.

Some of the interactive mobile services consumers can expect from a 3G communications experience include live news broadcasts, music on-demand, multimedia messaging, interactive games, instant access to area-specific information, remote surveillance and mobile e-commerce.