Secure Digital Container (SDC), the Basel, Switzerland-based provider of technology for digital rights management has struck a deal which will catapult it into the Chinese mobile market.

Through a newly-forged partnership, SDC will power a full-track mobile music download service being offered by mobile handset retailer Beijing Digital Telecom. Siemens will operate the service via its Music2You (M2Y) platform, which is due to go live Jan. 31.

DRM-protected works from a raft of undisclosed local and international labels will be available to download from the service via China Mobile's WAP portal.

Beijing Digital Telecom will market the service through its 800-plus strong retail chain, which covers 24 cities and provinces in China.

The new service will be sold direct to consumers using the mobile firm's network and billing system, making it available to more than 250 million subscribers.

"China is looking to become the world's largest market for mobile music and SDC is supported by more than 100 handsets, including Chinese manufacturer ZTE. So It makes a lot of sense be partnering with Beijing Digital Telecom on the China Mobile network to launch this innovative new service, which is the first of its kind in China," comments SDC CEO Michael Bornhaeusser, in a statement.

SDC's technology is carried by 18 major telecoms operators, including T-Mobile (Germany, U.K. and Czech Republic), O2 (U.K. and Ireland), SFR (France), Amena (Spain), TELUS (Canada), Telstra (Australia) and Hutch (India), and boasts partnerships with all of the world's major handset manufacturers.