IMIE 2007 Shows China's Muscles to the Global Mobile Industry

Global Mobile Carriers Sharpen Their Edges Through Sourcing 3G Handsets and Other Terminals from China

TIANJIN, China, March 29 /Xinhua-PRNewswire/ -- Tianjin Economic-Technological Development Area ("TEDA") announces that seven leading overseas mobile carriers plan to come to Tianjin, China. The organizing committee of International Mobile Industry Exhibition and Forum 2007 (IMIE 2007) has said that these seven carriers plan to purchase mobile phones and related products, including the latest HSDPA devices in May.

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Aimed towards the launch of 3G services, China's telecommunications industry has entered a new period of high growth. China has become a mobile industry center, with the world's largest mobile phone manufacturing base, mobile service subscriber base and consumption market. In 2006, around 46.9% of the world's mobile phones were made in China, with one-third of this total shipment sold in China's domestic market and the rest being exported. There are over 70 licensed mobile manufacturers and OEMs in China. They are providing the world market with mobile phones from low cost products to high-end 3G phones and smartphones.

As a hub of mobile phone manufacturing in Northern China and China's most important mobile phone manufacturing base, Tianjin has established a complete mobile phone industry value chain. The city has attracted several leading global mobile phone manufacturers, like Motorola and Samsung, to set up production bases here. These companies shipped over 100 million phones to global markets and domestic markets in 2006.

The annual International Mobile-phone Industry Exposition (IMIE) in Tianjin is China's premier mobile phone industry event with a perfect platform for new technology announcements, procurements and product showcasing. The event is endorsed by the Ministry of Information Industry (MII) of China, Ministry of Commerce of China (MOCC) and Tianjin Municipal Government. The IMIE enters its fifth year in 2007.

The organizing committee announced that, based on its up-to-date communications with exhibitors and speakers for the trade show and conferences, the hot topics of the coming IMIE 2007 in May 2007 include:

-- The recent innovations in different sections of China's complete

industry value chain including mobile carriers, manufacturers,

independent mobile phone design houses, chip and software providers,

component manufacturers, solution providers, etc.

-- Along with keynote speakers from MII and leading industry

organizations, the mobile carriers, including China Mobile and China

Unicom, will demonstrate their new applications, roadmaps and growth


-- TD-SCDMA Industry Alliance will showcase their latest achievements in

the industrialization of TD-SCDMA, Chinese home-grown global 3G

standard. The TD-SCDMA products include system equipments, terminals

and chips etc.

About 30 overseas carriers and distributors plan to come to IMIE 2007 to purchase mobile phones and parts. The carriers are from Germany, Israel, Korea, India, Vietnam, Bhutan and Bangladesh. The international purchasing delegations include those from the USA, Russia, Canada, Thailand, the Philippines, and the Netherlands. Their purchasing lists cover HSDPA/GSM/CDMA mobile handsets, PDA, smartphones and other mobile devices, as well as components and accessories.

In IMIE 2006, the total amount of deals made by the global buyers exceeded US$100 million and covered every spectrum of the mobile industry chain. Together with a never-closed online exhibition site in multiple languages, the International Mobile Purchasing Network ( ), IMIE helps both sellers and buyers to seek business opportunities on and off the Internet.

Besides exhibitors from leading companies like China Mobile, China Unicom, Motorola, Samsung, Intel, ZTE, Bird, Levono, DTmobile, Symbian, Qualcomm, Freescale, and Infineon, etc., there are delegations from Korea, Japan, the Ukraine, mainland China and Taiwan. Along with the 20,000 square-meter show, IMIE 2007 will facilitate conferences and seminars including "International Mobile Phone Industry Summit 2007," "The 2nd Mobile Entertainment Forum," "China Cellphone Component Summit 2007," "Global Mobile Phone Purchasing Meeting" and "One-on-one Business Matches".

About IMIE

International Mobile Industry Expo is the largest professional trade show in China. It is co-hosted by China Communication Society, Tianjin Municipal Commerce Committee, Tianjin Municipal Economy Committee, The Informatization Office of Tianjin Municipal Government, The Tianjin Municipal Bureau of Telecommunications Management, Tianjin Economical and Technical Development Area.

IMIE 2006 hosted 632 exhibitors and gathered 18,000 visitors from across the globe. It is expected that the IMIE 2007 will attract approximately 700 exhibitors and 20,000 visitors. This year's event will be held on May 18-20, 2007, at Binhai International Convention & Exhibition Center (BICEC) in Tianjin, China. For more information on IMIE 2007, please visit .

About Tianjin Economic-Technological Development Area (TEDA)

Tianjin Economic-Technological Development Area (TEDA) was established in 1984 under the approval of the State Council of the People's Republic of China. It is one of the first state-class economic-technological development areas in the country.

TEDA is located in the center of a larger area bordering Bohai Sea and the east of the Asia-Europe Land Bridge, thus serving as the gate to the two super cities of Beijing and Tianjin, and the throat connecting the northeast of China. By the end of 2005, 4,067 foreign companies have landed in TEDA. Of the Fortune 500 companies, 57 multinational companies, from 10 countries and regions, including such well-established multinational giants as Motorola, Samsung and Toyota, invested in 123 enterprises in TEDA. In 2000, "Fortune" listed TEDA as one of the most highly recommended economic areas in China. In 2002 UNIDO listed TEDA as one of the most dynamic areas of China together with Shenzhen, Suzhou, Wenzhou, Shanghai Pudong and Xi'an High-tech Park.

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Source: Tianjin Economic-Technological Development Area