Lenovo adopts LoCosto platform for low-cost multimedia phones
Lenovo Group has made the LoCosto single-chip platform from Texas Instruments its standard for a new family of low-cost, multimedia handsets.
The platform is used in Lenovo's newly released i323 and i366 handsets and its forthcoming i515 mobile phone.
Handsets based on LoCosto technology offer many capabilities - from GSM voice-centric phones to Bluetooth wireless link, megapixel camera and other organiser functions. Bien Perez
Shanghai mobile search firm mInfo acquires Guanxi SMS
Shanghai mobile search provider mInfo last week acquired Guanxi SMS, a popular mobile search service for foreigners on the mainland, for an undisclosed sum.
'By combining forces, we are solidifying mInfo's lead in the marketplace and expanding its reach to hundreds of thousands of high-value expatriate users and thousands of partner merchants in the country,' said Alvin Wang Graylin, chief executive at mInfo, which was set up in 2005 and operates in the mainland's 59 largest cities. Bien Perez
Vanke uses Avaya technology to improve link with branches
Mainland property developer China Vanke has adopted key technology from enterprise telephony systems supplier Avaya to streamline communications between its Beijing headquarters and more than 20 branch offices nationwide. The revamp would use a unified communications setup to enhance collaboration and boost staff efficiency.
A customer service centre based on Avaya technology is being planned by Vanke, which posted revenue of 21.2 billion yuan and profit of 2.15 billion yuan last year. Bien Perez
Cathay Pacific signs up Goodrich for advanced cargo system
Cathay Pacific Airways has awarded a contract to Goodrich Corp, a specialist supplier of aerospace sector components and systems, to provide an advanced cargo system for its new Boeing 747-400ERF freighter aircraft.
Goodrich's cargo system includes user-friendly electronics that will allow Cathay to run automated system checks that cut overall downtime when system maintenance work on its freighter aircraft is required. Financial terms were not disclosed. Bien Perez
Macau 3G on track as Ericsson ends work on network portion
Swedish telecommunications equipment maker Ericsson last week finished installing the first phase of Macau mobile operator CTM's new 3G cellular network, putting launch of the service this month on track.
The new network, which provides download speeds of up to three megabits per second, will enable CTM to offer video calling, high-speed mobile broadband service and other wireless entertainment services. Bien Perez