Taiwan-based handset maker Inventec Appliances has obtained China's first license to sell and manufacture 3G handsets in China, according to an official statement of China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC).
According to a May 27 statement by the NDRC, Inventec's Shanghai plant is allowed to manufacture and market own-brand handsets that support both the GSM and TD-SCDMA technologies. Inventec aims to capture 3 percent of the China's handset market in 2005, said sources at Inventec following the NDRC's announcement.
Meanwhile, the NDRC also granted a license to Benq, another Taiwan-based company, to sell own-brand mobile phones (not including TD-SCDMA models) in China.
Two other Taiwan-based manufacturers -- Asustek Computer and Compal Electronics, which have formed a joint handset venture with China's Tsinghua Unisplendour -- have also expressed their willingness to apply for a sales license with the NDRC, according to sources at the makers. (DigiTimes)
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