Matsushita Communication Industrial, the world's fourth largest mobile phone maker, today (Thursday) announced it will test its advanced handsets on wireless communication networks to ensure its Panasonic brand equipment will work around the world, writes Daniel Thomas.
The company has reached an agreement with fibre-optic equipment maker Nortel Networks and phone maker Lucent Technologies, to test its hardware on their networks so it can develop handsets that are compatible with both companies' networking systems.
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New high speed mobile phone services on the wide band code-division multiple access (W-CDMA) standard are scheduled to start in Japan next May and at a later date in Europe.
Matsushita has taken this step to ensure early market availability of its advanced handsets by ensuring they will work on various communications networks before launch. The company signed a similar agreement with mobile phone company Ericsson in September.
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