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ZTE, Datang to set up 3G bases in China

Posted: 11 Apr 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:3G wireless service? China 3G service? TD-SCDMA?

About 1,400 3G base stations are expected to be built in Shanghai and Beijing by the end of the year following ZTE Corp. and Datang Mobile's win from China Mobile Communication Corp.'s 3G bidding,according to a Shanghai Daily report.

The companies will build 400 to 500 outdoor base stations and 800 to 900 indoor stations to cover each city, each costing around $6,493 on average, according to Chen Haofei, secretary general of TD-SCDMA Forum.

"The TD-SCDMA (time division-synchronous code division multiple access) networks will cover the whole cities for the coming Olympic Games, therefore China Mobile focuses more on the full coverage rather than short-term profitability," Chen said at the TD-SCDMA Forum.

ZTE won contracts worth $414 million in China Mobile's equipment bid, based on the homegrown TD-SCDMA technology, along with partner Ericsson's $ 33.6 million. ZTE will provide 3G equipment in six cities including Beijing, Tianjin, Shenzhen and Guangdong Province, the report said.

Datang and Alcatel Shanghai Bell (ASB) won $311.8 million, according to Chen. As a joint bidder with Datang, ASB took a significant share of the TD-SCDMA networks in Shanghai and Guangzhou. The projects will be completed this October, according to ASB spokesperson Cao Yong.

Other bidders who won contracts from China Mobile include TD-Tech, a joint venture between Nokia Siemens Network and Huawei Technologies, and China Putian.

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