Thailand’s state-owned telecommunications company TOT PCL has stated that four groups have submitted applications to participate in an electronic auction for the supply of US$568 million worth of equipment and an installation contract for its 3G mobile phone network.
According to TOT Senior Executive Vice-President Arnon Tubtiang, the first consortium comprises United Communication Industry PCL, Advanced Information Technology PCL, and Alcatel-Lucent (Thailand); the second includes Samart Corp PCL, Loxley PCL, Huawei Technology (Thailand), and Nokia Siemens Networks; the third comprises Forth Corp PCL and ZTE; and the fourth consortium includes Ericsson (Thailand) and AS Associate.
TOT will take around one week to look into the qualifications of the bidders before conducting an e-auction scheduled on Jan. 28 and it planning to sign the contract with the winner around Feb. 15-18.
According to Yang Jintao, CEO of ZTE Nepal, ZTE solution will not only solve the network coverage in remote areas for Ncell with its new generation green compact BTS, but also reduced TCO due to its cost-effectiveness.
The ZXSDR BS8908 multi-carrier outdoor micro base station was small in size, lightweight, low in power consumption, and made optimal use of solar panels which consume less solar power than needed for the ordinary panels used by most base stations, reducing construction costs at some areas of Nepal and resolving supply difficulties of remote sites.
According to Chen, they hope the EC will support the China-EU business cooperation and make a prompt decision to stop the three types of trade investigation. The Chinese government will continue to keep an eye on the issue.
The EU opened an anti-subsidy probe into WWAN modems imported from China in September after it initiated an anti-dumping investigation and a safeguard measure probe into the modems in June.
The complaint behind the three probes was laid by Belgium’s modem-maker Option, the sole producer of WWAN modems in the EU. It had been alleged that China unfairly subsidies wireless modem makers such as Huawei Technologies and ZTE. However, Option later dropped its anti-dumping and anti-subsidy complaints after securing a commercial agreement with Huawei.
Chen added that China is very concerned with the issue because it involves a great amount of money and comes under three types of investigations. It is the first time that a single Chinese product has simultaneously come under three types of trade investigations by the EU. The commodity in question involves over US$4 billion in exports.
The operator will deploy over 3,000 TD-LTE base stations, including 2,500 outdoors and 500 indoors- in Beijing, Shanghai, Gaungzhou, Nanjing, Shenzhen and Xiamen.
According to ccid.com, China Mobile will use the 1.9GHz frequency band for the outdoor networks, while the indoor networks, will run on the 2.3 GHz band.
According to Yu Shengduo, a Director at the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the MIIT has completed tests on 2.6-GHz TD-LTE equipment and chips, and is now focusing on 2.3GHz TD-LTE gear.
According to ccid.com, companies like Samsung, Qualcomm and ZTE have been actively involved in tests of the TD-LTE chipset.
According to China Mobile’s previous statement, it planned to launch TD-LTE in the third quarter of 2011 but the plan was reportedly postponed to 2012 due to slow development of chipsets and handsets.
To speed up TD-LTE chip and handset development, China Mobile has reinforced its partnership with OEMs, handset makers and chipset manufacturers in Taiwan.
If sources are to be believed, Microsoft plans to launch a Chinese-edition of Windows Phone 7 (WP7) in the second half of 2011 and is currently soliciting China-based mobile device makers including Lenovo, Huawei Technologies and ZTE to jointly develop WP7-based smartphones targeting the China market.
According to the sources, Microsoft is expected to unveil the second batch of WP7 smartphones at the upcoming MWC 2011 trade fair with the showcase including Asustek Computer’s first WP7 model, the E600. Although HTC, Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics (LGE) and Dell have all launched WP7-based smartphones, Microsoft still hopes to ignite a wave of demand for Windows Phone-based smartphones with the introduction of the Chinese-version WP7.
However, it remains to be seen if China-based mobile device makers will shift their focus to develop WP7 smartphones as most of them have put effort into Android-based models recently.
Econet Wireless Zimbabwe’s CEO Douglas Mboweni has stated that the GSM, 3G and WiMAX operator is in the middle of investing an additional USD300 million in its networks to bring total investment to date to USD900 million.
According to Mr Mboweni, from the time the company started operating in October 1999 up to the time they published their financial results in February this year they had spent about US$600 million. Amid February this year and part of next year they are looking at putting another US$300 million to upgrade the equipment that they have and also extend network coverage throughout the country. Econet has seen its subscriber base grow from 1.2 million in March 2009 to over five million as of last month.
As per Mboweni, the company would set its next subscriber target at the beginning of the next financial year in March depending on service demand. On another topic, asked to explain the reasons behind the reported problems subscribers had been having accessing services, disruptions sometimes occurred as a result of upgrades to network systems, mainly due to sourcing technology from different suppliers, including Sweden’s Ericsson and ZTE of China.
ZTE Corp, china’s second-largest telecom equipment provider, and SoftBank, Japan’s third-largest telecommunications operator, have announced that their jointly developed Android smartphone, Libero, will be launched in the Japanese market later this month.
The handset is ZTE’s first smartphone to be launched in Japan, and the second handset developed in collaboration with SoftBank. The first handset “SoftBank 840Z” was launched in October this year.
Libero, customized for the Japanese local market, is the lightest and thinnest smartphone among SoftBank’s newest products and is running the latest Android 2.2 operating system. The product has been launched in several European countries, including France, Germany, and the U.K.
ZTE and SoftBank jointly announced on the product release conference that they will launch eight models of terminal products in the Japanese market by next March.
According to Gopal Das, BSNL will definitely take a decision on the winning bid by March, although that has to be set alongside the company’s many attempts to award network infrastructure contracts that then got cancelled. The current contract follows the dropping of the controversial and oft-delayed 93 million line tender earlier this year.
The terms of the tender require 3.37 million GSM lines in North India and 2.13 million lines in the Eastern Region. It has been previously suggested that Alcatel-Lucent quoted $53 a line for supplying the access radio equipment, while ZTE has quoted $8 a line for core network gear.
Novatel Wireless, Inc., a provider of wireless broadband access solutions, today announced that it has filed a lawsuit against Franklin Wireless Corp., ZTE Corp. and ZTE (USA), Inc. for infringing on five Novatel Wireless’ patents related to key architecture and functionality of the MiFi® family of Intelligent Mobile Hotspots. The suit was filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of California.
“Novatel Wireless invented the MiFi Intelligent Mobile Hotspot and with that created a whole new product category in the wireless ecosystem,” said Peter Leparulo, Chairman and CEO of Novatel Wireless. ”We’re confident that we will continue to lead the market, but competitors need to rely on their own inventions rather than infringe on ours,” Leparulo continued.
Novatel Wireless holds numerous U.S. and international key patents and patent applications around elements of the MiFi Mobile Intelligent Hotspot family of products, a new product category invented by Novatel Wireless.
Since its introduction, Novatel Wireless’ Mi-Fi branded products have commercially launched with 25 operators worldwide and have received almost every major industry accolade for innovation.
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