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China's ZTE scores new 3G contract in Europe

Posted: 02 Jun 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:3G network? W-CDMA? Europe 3G service?

Romania mobile operator Zapp has selected ZTE Corp. to roll out a W-CDMA/HSDPA commercial network. Zapp plans to launch 3G commercial services in Q4 and the network is expected to be completed by 2011.

Zapp, a key European CDMA carrier and the only operator in Romania deploying this type of technology, has also selected ZTE's CDMA2000 technology to replace its current 2G network, due to its stable performance and lower total cost of ownership. The agreement is ZTE's fourth CDMA project in Europe. The company has previously built networks in Norway, Czechoslovakia, and Poland.

"With the rise of mobile broadband and other high-bandwidth services, there is great demand for 3G in Europe," said Fang Rong, ZTE's senior VP international sales division. "The partnership with Zapp marks another milestone for ZTE in Europe and demonstrates the company's commitment to helping European carriers roll-out advanced services, while keeping operational costs down."

"Quality and functionality were key criteria when looking to build our 3G network," said Chris Bataillard, CEO of Zapp. "Our aim was to provide subscribers with the most advanced 3G services available. ZTE allows us to launch these advanced services, while achieving higher operational efficiency and lower costs."

The W-CDMA/HSDPA equipment provided by ZTE is compatible with Zapp's existing network and will be used to build a network running over the 2.1MHz frequency and that will be fully dedicated to data services. The network will enhance the quality and speed of services offered by Zapp by increasing the transfer rate from 2.4Mbit/s up to 7.2Mbit/s.

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