Spreadtrum Announces Strategic Partnership with Orange

Telecoms

Spreadtrum Communications has announced a deal to provide its low-cost mobile platforms to Orange for use in smartphones in Europe and Africa.

"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."

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 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.