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HONG KONG, July 15 ZTE Corp (0763.HK) said on
Wednesday it had won 34 percent of China Mobile Communications
Corp's (0941.HK) third-round 3G network expansion tender.
The Shenzhen-based company said it had won the largest share
of the bidding, which was two-thirds complete, and the remainder
of the tender -- worth 8.6 billion yuan ($1.26 billion),
according to media -- would be finalised in August.
"ZTE has got 34 percent (of the tender) so far and we're
confident of getting 36 percent or more," Isaac Liang, the
director of TD-SCDMA for ZTE, told Reuters, saying China Mobile
had ranked the firm first in terms of technology and service.
The tender is a part of a rollout of 3G networks that will
total $58.5 billion through 2011 by China Mobile and smaller
rivals China Telecom (CHA.N) (0728.HK) and China Unicom
ZTE garnered about 36 percent of the contracts up for grabs
over the first two rounds of China Mobile's tender for its
third-generation network covering 200 mainland cities.
Huawei Technologies [HWT.UL] won 22 percent of the contracts
in the third round, while Datang Mobile Communications Equipment
and domestic partner FibreHome Technologies grabbed 21 percent,
according to the South China Morning Post (SCMP), with Nokia
Siemens Networks [NOKI.UL] and Ericsson among the other winners.
China Mobile, the world's largest mobile service provider by
users, holds the sole government licence to develop and operate
the nation's homegrown TD-SCDMA technology.
"Vendors with a self-developed capability in TD-SCDMA
technology scored higher marks in all three phases of TD-SCDMA
tenders," 3TelConsulting, a mainland telecommunications industry
research firm, was quoted by the SCMP as saying.
ZTE and Huawei were helped by their offers of a free upgrade
of China Mobile's existing TD-SCDMA equipment, the report said,
ZTE, the world's sixth-largest cellphone maker, has said it
aims to become one of the top three vendors in five years,
although analysts expect the cellphone market to have its
toughest year ever in 2009, with sales volumes shrinking 10
percent or more.
(Reporting by Nerilyn Tenorio and Joanne Chiu; Writing by Kirby
Chien; Editing by Jonathan Hopfner)