TD-SCDMA, for Time Division Synchronous Code Division Multiple Access, is the communications protocol used by China Mobile (CHL) -- and only China Mobile -- to send signals to and from cell phones at 3G and 4G speeds.
China Mobile, in turn, is the world's largest mobile carrier. Apple has been trying for years to find a way to sell iPhones directly to China Mobile's 700 million-plus subscribers, and for years the carrier's non-standard protocol has been the chief technological sticking point.
Now the pieces of a deal are falling into place.
The key paragraph in the job summary:
As the manager for Greater China, this role will be responsible for the overall management of the technical interface to all carriers in the Greater China region. This includes obtaining approvals for all Apple hardware and software, supporting carriers with new technology trials, managing carrier reported technical issues, tracking carrier roadmaps and supporting senior level engineering meetings.
Seems like a job you'd want to fill before any deal gets finalized.
Apple reportedly in highest-level talks with the world's largest mobile operator
At a news conference following release of its first-half earnings, China Mobile (CHL) revealed Thursday that it has met several times with Steve Jobs to talk about Apple (AAPL) making an iPhone that would support its proprietary 3G standard, Reuters reports.
Officially, Apple sells iPhones in the world's largest cell phone market only through China Unicom (CHU), the country's second largest MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Aug 18, 2011 6:28 AM ET
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