Spreadtrum Announces Strategic Partnership with Orange
Global operator teams with mobile platform provider across broad device portfolio to make high quality, feature-rich mobile handsets and smartphones more broadly affordable
SHANGHAI, March 27, 2013 -- Spreadtrum Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPRD; "Spreadtrum" or the "Company"), a leading fabless semiconductor provider in China with advanced technology in 2G, 3G and 4G wireless communications standards, together with Orange, one of the world's leading telecommunications operators, today announced that Orange has established a strategic partnership with Spreadtrum to use its low-cost mobile platforms for the delivery of a broad portfolio of cost-effective, feature-rich mobile handsets and smartphones to consumers in Orange's European and African markets. With this collaboration, Orange aims to improve the affordability of smartphones and other mobile handsets in these regions, contributing to Orange's objectives of making the mobile internet more accessible to consumers.
"Orange's goal is to make the mobile internet more accessible to all of our customers around the world," said Yves Maitre, senior vice president of Orange Group Devices. "Spreadtrum's ability to provide high-quality and low-cost chipsets will ultimately help make our smartphones even more affordable for our customers everywhere."
"We are pleased to be working closely with Orange on their mobile initiatives," said Dr. Leo Li, chairman and CEO of Spreadtrum. "Our partnership with Orange demonstrates our commitment and capability to support our global partners with products and service that enable them to achieve their strategic market objectives."
Orange and Spreadtrum have now achieved the first milestone in the delivery of Spreadtrum-based handsets to Orange's markets, with a feature phone designed by Alcatel, the Alcatel One Touch 1060, that is based on Spreadtrum's SC6531 2.5G baseband chipset and is now qualified for launch in Orange's markets beginning with France. Orange plans to follow this device launch with Spreadtrum-based smartphone products in the future.
About Spreadtrum Communications, Inc.
Spreadtrum Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:SPRD; "Spreadtrum") is a fabless semiconductor company that develops mobile chipset platforms for smartphones, feature phones and other consumer electronics products, supporting 2G, 3G and 4G wireless communications standards. Spreadtrum's solutions combine its highly integrated, power-efficient chipsets with customizable software and reference designs in a complete turnkey platform, enabling customers to achieve faster design cycles with a lower development cost. Spreadtrum's customers include global and China-based manufacturers developing mobile products for consumers in China and emerging markets around the world. For more information, visit www.spreadtrum.com.