Siemens aims for more UMTS deals

  • Business
  • Friday, 17 Jan 2003

BY HONG BOON HOW in Singapore

SIEMENS AG aims to secure more universal mobile telecommunications systems (UMTS) network contracts from telecommunications firms in the Asia-Pacific region. 

According to Siemens Pte Ltd managing director Thomas Fris-chmut, the company is in the forefront of the UMTS technologies as it has been involved in UMTS test runs in Europe and Asia. 

UMTS is the predominant standard for 3rd generation (3G) mobile phone networks and Siemens is one of the top three global suppliers of UMTS infrastructure.  

“We have been commissioned by Taiwan Cellular Corp to supply and set up its UMTS network,” he said.  

Frischmuth said this at the opening of the Asia-Pacific premiere of the world's first car fitted with an integrated 3G-UMTS services in Singapore on Wednesday. The 3G-UMTS equipment installed in the Mercedes-Benz S400 enables a broad range of mobility and infotainment services such as live video conferencing capabilities from the vehicle, high-speed video-streaming and video-on-demand. Other applications are an interactive city guide and navigation, broadband access to the Internet services, a video monitoring system including, access to traffic observation cameras, international radio and a multi-player soccer game. 

Frischmuth said that through the Mercedes-Benz vehicle, Siemens and its partners - DaimlerChrysler, NEC Corp and SingTel Mobile - were able to demonstrate innovative new ways to deliver 3G-UMTS services and explore future potential applications from the versatile UMTS technology. 

DaimlerChrysler(South-East Asia) president and chief executive officer Frank Messer said the UMTS test vehicle created huge public interest at its first presentation in Berlin some months ago.  

“The car helped us today to create the necessary expertise to satisfy the demand of our customers for mobile UMTS services of the future”, Messer said. 

NEC senior vice-president Ben Nakamura said the advent of 3G would lead to many new business opportunities and included the installation of UMTS technologies into vehicles. 

“NEC is the industry leader in the 3G area supplying commercial in-frastructure and handsets for the very first phase of 3G roll-out in the world,” he said.  

Nakamura also said that new solutions utilising 3G applications such as 3G-UMTS car would accelerate the expansion of 3G.  

In Singapore, NEC has been wor-king with Siemens through a strategic alliance in establishing the UMTS infrastructure in the current test 3G network in the CBD (central business district) area since 2001.  

SingTel Mobile chief executive officer Lucas Chow said it was vital for its customers to see the potential benefits of having faster, more wide-ranging applications pro-mised by a broadband, high-speed wireless network as it worked towards a 3G network roll-out. 

“The 3G-UMTS car showcase is an excellent example of how we are leveraging convergence across all broadband access platforms to provide our customers with seamless access to an entire suite of services and applications anywhere and anytime, even when they are on the move,” Chow said. 

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