Huawei, China's fast-growing telecoms equipment maker, has struck a deal with Japan's Access to incorporate the latter's mobile phone browser in Huawei 3G cellular phones.
In a clear sign of how the industry's centre of gravity is shifting to China, the deal was struck with Access China, the local subsidiary of the Japanese software company, and focuses on WCDMA handsets, which can be used in 3G networks around the world.
Access has supplied the browser used in Huawei's earlier 2G CDMA phones for several years.
Access' NetFront Browser may not be familiar to users in the west but it is used on numerous handsets sold in the Japanese market, including Softbank Mobile's Aquos Shot, which features a 10 megapixel camera manufactured by Sharp.
The two companies also plan to develop a TD-SCDMA solution integrated with Access' browser to support the China 3G market.
TD-SDCMA is China's home-grown 3G standard developed at the government's behest and not used anywhere else. Earlier this year, the Chinese government, after years of delay, finally awarded 3G licences and created three separate 3G markets in China, one for each of the three main 3G variants.
So, China Mobile is forced to use TD-SCDMA phone, China Unicom must use WCDMA while China Telecom gets to use CDMA2000.