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PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 05 June, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 05 June, 2007, 12:00am

China Mobile arm signs Pakistan contract with Ericsson

China Mobile Pakistan (CMPak), an overseas unit of the mainland's largest mobile-telephone network operator, has awarded Swedish firm Ericsson a contract to expand coverage to 312 cities in the Sindh and Balochistan regions.

The project, which will start this year, aims to increase network capacity, provide coverage in difficult terrain, and prepare CMPak for third-generation mobile services.

CMPak was formed this year following China Mobile's acquisition of Paktel in January. Bien Perez

Mainland semiconductor market continuing to boom

Growth in the mainland's semiconductor market is poised to accelerate this year with sales increasing 20 per cent to US$51.7 billion, according to research firm iSuppli Corp. The growth from US$43 billion last year is credited to demand from mainland electronics original equipment makers.

Byron Wu, director and principal analyst for China research at US-based iSuppli, said this year would represent the cyclical peak for the mainland semiconductor market, which is expected to cool down in the coming years. Bien Perez

HP joins forces with Beijing to advance multimedia technology

Multinational computer and printer maker Hewlett-Packard has forged a partnership with Beijing's Tsinghua University to develop a variety of advanced multimedia technologies, including automated photo sorting, facial expression recognition and video and music analyses.

'With the explosion of ... multimedia, we need increasingly sophisticated tools to identify, sort and process the millions of images and sounds that have been collected,' said Patrick Scaglia, chief technology officer at HP's imaging and printing group. Bien Perez

Zip2Zap tightens up financial data software with Adobe

Hong Kong-based financial data vendor Zip2Zap Communications has adopted technologies from US software firm Adobe Systems to develop interactive analysis tools for the Greater China equities market.

'We have employed the latest Adobe technology to allow the user to filter and manipulate information in a clean and non-disruptive environment, without constant refresh or jumping into and out of pages to accomplish the task,' said Roger Durn, managing director at Zip2Zap Communications.

Bien Perez


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