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China okays sale of ZTE, Datang 3G equipment

Posted: 15 Mar 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:3G? wireless? TD-SCDMA? 3G standard? cellphone?

China has given its approval to ZTE Corp. and Datang Telecom to sell 36 wireless equipment, a sign that Beijing may finally push through with the long-awaited standard, according to a Reuters report.

Shanghai Securities News reported that the Chinese Ministry of Information Industry has awarded Datang a network entry certificate, while ZTE said in a statement that it received the go-ahead to sell equipment based on 3G.

According to the report, Beijing's certificate, which applies to equipments based on China's Time Division Synchronous Code Division Multiple Access (TD-SCDMA) standard, is necessary for equipment vendors who want to tap on the potential $10 billion equipment orders from carriers.

State papers reported that cellphone carrier China Mobile is set to award $2.3 billion in contracts to build and support TD-SCDMA networks for an extended round of trials. ZTE is expected to nab nearly a third of the contracts.

ZTE said that its certificate covers core network, radio network controller, base station and application platform equipment based on TD-SCDMA.

"Before obtaining the network entry certificate, companies must undergo a series of stringent tests organized" by the Ministry of Information Industry, ZTE said. The equipment was tested in Xiamen, Shanghai and Qingdao and achieved "excellent" results, ZTE had said.

The rollout of 3G in China has been delayed for years. Beijing recently announced that it was extending pre-commercial testing of the TD-SCDMA standard to 10 cities from the original five, in trials that may last until the end of October, the report said.

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