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Wednesday, June 14, 2006

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Monday, June 05, 2006 pays $35 million for HellGate

On May 29,, the Chinese service provider for the World of Warcraft, announced that it will pay $35 million over a three year period for the exclusive rights to HellGate: London, a new MMORPG game. will pay off this amount in several installments and share part of the revenue. Currently, almost 100% of the company's revenue come from WOW. This announcement is seen as part of its diversification effort. HellGate is the first game developed by Flagship Studios, a developer with several well-respected industry characters and it combines the elements of both MMORPG and FPS games. The game will ship in 2007.

Saturday, June 03, 2006

China Unicom Will Complete WiMAX Trials Before Yearend

China Unicom has been testing WiMAX networks in five major cities, including Dalian, Guangzhou, and Shanghai. The Company expects to finish the trials before the end of 2006 and then will make a decision regarding commercial deployments.

China Unicom is testing the mobile WiMAX flavor (802.16-2005) and the targeted market is business customers. The company considers WiMAX as a complementary technology to its CDMA networks. Unicom will also use WiMAX for cellular backhaul.

Unicom's executives don't believe WiMAX will be integrated with TD-SCDMA. Such a scenario will increase network complexity and complicates user terminals. A handset with both technologies will be too expensive.

Since the 3G spectrum auction is still up in the air, all the major telecom carriers have expressed different levels of interest in WiMAX. Guangdong Netcom has signed purchase agreements worth more than $30 million. Many WiMAX equipment vendors and even chip companies like Intel have strong hope for China's WiMAX market potential. Of course, if the market takes off, Huawei and ZTE, two leading local vendors, are likely to reap benefits.

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