Motorola announced yesterday that it has bagged a much needed contract for $310 million with the world's largest cell phone service provider, China Mobile. Under the one-year frame agreement, the company is to provide China Mobile with telecom equipment as well as GSM, GPRS and EDGE infrastructure and related services. China Mobile expects to utilize Motorola's innovations and apparatus in an effort to deliver efficient voice and data capacity along with interworking customers' GSM and TD-SCDMA networks.

The Beijing-based cell phone provider sees the pairing of GSM and TD-SCDMA networks a necessity as they strive to build the best-in-class interoperability between its 2G and 3G networks. Both companies feel that given Motorola's experience with the Chinese market and its demand, they will succeed in providing 2G and 3G solutions. China Mobile hopes to capitalize on its investment by leveraging its well-established subscriber base. This partnership continues a healthy relationship between the two companies which spans back over two decades.