Spreadtrum Joins Hands with MTN to Provide South Africa Users WCDMA//HSPA(+)-based Smartphone Solutions

Aug 10, 2017

SHANGHAI, China – Aug. 10, 2016 -- Spreadtrum Communications ("Spreadtrum"), a leading fabless semiconductor company in China with advanced technology in 2G, 3G, and 4G wireless communication standards, announced that a smartphone based on Spreadtrum's WCDMA//HSPA(+) platform, SC7731C, has won the procurement bidding from MTN, the largest telecommunications operator in South Africa, as part of their purchases for the third quarter. Spreadtrum and MTN will work together to provide users in South Africa affordable smartphone solutions.

The smartphone is designed with Spreadtrum’s 1.2GHz Quad-code ARM Cortex-A7 WCDMA/HSPA(+) /GSM/GPRS/EDGE SoC platform SC7731C , supporting dual-card-two-standby. It featuresa 3.5-inch screen, 720P HD video display, 2MP maincamera, 512M RAM and 4GB storage. It is pre-installed with the Android 6.0 operating system, which can effortlessly handle popular applications including Facebook and What's App, providing users a perfectsmartphone experience.

MTN is Africa's largest telecoms operator, with 200 million mobile subscribers in the region and operations in 21 countries across Africa, Asia and the Middle East. As of 2015, MTN has more than 30 million mobile subscribers in South Africa, and a market share of 34.01%.

"South Africa has been a strategically important market for Spreadtrum, with more than 3 million mobile phones and devices having been installed with Spreadtrum‘s chip solutions," said Dr. Leo Li, Chairman and CEO of Spreadtrum Communications. "We are very proud to be working with MTN. The partnership has not only demonstrated the step-by-step success that Spreadtrum has achieved in the South African market, but also accelerated the company's global expansion. Looking forward, Spreadtrum plans to continue working with MTN to provide South Africa users with more affordable products and services."

About Spreadtrum Communications
Spreadtrum Communications 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. Spreadtrum is a privately held company headquartered in Shanghai and an affiliate of Tsinghua Unigroup, Ltd. For more information, visit

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