Perusat aims to cover seven Peruvian cities with its new WiMAX network by May 2011, having inked network equipment deals with ZTE, which will provide financing for the majority of the required equipment.
The company has not yet set dates for the project, but Jose Aranda operations director of ChinaTel, the U.S.-based company that acquired mobile broadband licensee Perusat in March 2009, told BNamericas last week that it will cover the whole country in three phases.
According to reports, phase one encompasses the seven most populated cities of Peru except Lima. Phase two includes Lima and Callao, and phase three will cover the rest of the country.
Last week ChinaTel announced that Perusat and ZTE have brokered a deal that will see the Chinese vendor become the telco’s exclusive supplier of network gear and consumer terminals, plus engineering and management services for the project.
The seven-year deal is worth around $48 million, $6.98 million of which went on purchase orders for the first phase. ZTE will finance 85% of the cost of phase one infrastructure, while future equipment orders will be financed by Chinese banks with which ZTE has existing relationships.
The phase one deployment will cover Piura, Trujillo, Chiclayo, Chimbote, Arequipa, Cuzco and Ica.
Huawei is the LTE market leader in terms of contracts signed, accounting for more than a third of the deals signed to date, according to reports. That’s more than twice as many as 4G deals as the nearest rivals, Ericsson and Nokia Siemens.
Certainly, the sizes of those deals are with developing market operators. When it comes to the dollars, Ericsson is still the global champion. Ericsson is also looking for some high-profile early deployments, such as the TeliaSonera’s network, which went live last December, and the first US LTE launch by MetroPCS last month.
Twelve LTE networks have been deployed, with two tier one operators Verizon Wireless and NTT DoCoMo due to light up by year-end.
To this number add one more – Hong Kong’s CSL, which will reveal its 4G service isusing a network built by Huawei’s rival ZTE.
China’s ZTE has deployed the world’s first LTE/DC-HSPA+ network, for Hong Kong based mobile network, CSL.
Since the launch of the Next G network in early 2009, data traffic has increased by more than 65 times, and now comprises more than 80% of CSL’s total network traffic: rapid growth that will continue, with CSL projecting that traffic in Hong Kong will continue to more than double every year.
According to Joseph O’Konek, Chief Executive Officer, CSL is proud to be the pioneer of the world’s first LTE/DC-HSPA+ network, which will ensure they continue to go beyond expectations, delivering the best coverage and user experience in Hong Kong while meeting the rapidly increasing demand for mobile data driven by the proliferation of Smartphone and tablet devices.
CSL launched the LTE/DC-HSPA+ network with corporate services and plans to offer its consumer services commercially in the first quarter of 2011, when devices start entering in the market.
ChinaTel Group subsidiary, Perusat has selected China’s ZTE for a deployment of a wireless broadband telecommunications network in Peru. The total value of the contract is expected to be around $48 million over the next seven years.
The purchase orders for the first phase have a value of $6.98 million. ZTE is financing 85% of the cost of infrastructure equipment covered in the phase one purchase orders. National banks in China with whom ZTE has relationships are expected to finance future equipment orders, also at 85%.
The first phase of deployment is scheduled to be completed by approximately May 2011. Perusat will expand capacity in each market as subscriber demand dictates. By virtue of Perusat’s status as a 95% subsidiary, the results of operations and subscriber revenues generated by the Perusat network will be reflected on ChinaTel’s consolidated financial statements.
According to ChinaTel’s CEO George Alvarez, the company is excited about their partnership with ZTE and its ability to fully deliver broadband equipment and end-to-end network solutions. ZTE has the foresight to create equipment solutions that will migrate from the current WiMAX 802.16e protocol to 802.16m, to TD-LTE, or dual band 16m and LTE.
According to ChinaTel’s President, Colin Tay, the company’s relationship with ZTE strengthens their plan to be at the forefront of delivering advanced internet technologies across the globe as they continue to build infrastructure in emerging markets like China and Peru.
US authorities have taken the bizarre step by ordering Huawei to clear the acquisition of a domestic start-up, despite the deal closing in May.
Security officials at the Pentagon consider that the purchase of 3Leaf should have been cleared by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the US (Cfius), which taxes the national security implications of acquisitions by overseas firms.
According to reports, Huawei paid $2 million for 3Leaf’s staff and IP, but didn’t seek approval because the deal didn’t cover all of the start-up’s assets.
3Leaf is a Bay area startup whose technology combines servers together to allow them to scale.
As per reports, the committee could order Huawei to sell 3Leaf or place restrictions on its use of the US firm’s technology if it finds the deal compromises national security.
Security fears over Huawei’s links to the PLA have hampered the Chinese vendor’s efforts to crack the US market. It has repeatedly denied any military links beyond the fact that CEO and co-founder Ren Zhengfei is a former PLA officer.
The vendor has hired lobbyists in Washington to help win government backing for its equipment, but has yet to win a major contract with any tier-one carriers in the country. Rival ZTE has been similarly hindered by security concerns in the US.
The firms were excluded from Sprint Nextel’s $7 billion 4G equipment tender earlier this month, despite submitting the lowest bids.
ZTE Corporation is panning to mutually introduce China Unicom’s multi-platform, multi-device application store – ‘WoStore’ in Hong Kong.
According to ZTE Vice President Yu Yifang, with a unique advantageous WCDMA network, China Unicom is optimistic about the potential of its WoStore service. ZTE is honored to be the sole partner for the online service platform and to jointly promote this service with China Unicom in Hong Kong.
Launched earlier in Shanghai, the WoStore online application service is built entirely by ZTE and will support all open smart phone platforms except for Apple’s iPhone, as well as terminal devices such as tablet PCs and mobile Internet devices. â€˜Wo’ is a 3G brand created by China Unicom to reach out to its mobile phone users. Neither company has explicitly stated when the retail store will open.
The WoStore adopts mobile phone numbers as usernames and opens registration to all mobile phone users, including 2G or 3G users, of China Unicom’s entire network. Upon successful registration, a user can browse, purchase, download, gift, recommend and add applications to their favorite folders on the WoStore portal.
The service leverages China Unicom’s extensive range of 3G terminals and rich mobile applications, and is an important part of the company’s 3G portfolio. It follows on from the network operator’s successful Apple iPhone launch strategy this year in mainland China.
China Unicom is planning to release its own Linux-based smart phone at the end of the year in China, as the company confronts slow revenue growth and increasing competition.
According to Zhang Zhijiang the head of China Unicom’s tech and research institute, the device is tentatively being called the â€˜Uphone’. No price has been determined, but the smart phone is being developed with Chinese network suppliers Huawei and ZTE, along with Chinese cell phone maker OKWAP.
China Unicom is the country’s second-largest mobile operator with 162 million subscribers. It is also China’s sole carrier of Apple’s iPhone 4, which has been selling out in stores across the country since its launch in late September.
China Unicom has growing competition from Internet companies entering the mobile industry. One such areas has been in the development of app stores, which many telecom operators see as a potential revenue stream that is at risk of being lost to companies like Apple or Google.
Zhang added that many new challengers such as Apple, Google, Nokia, and Microsoft have entered in this industry and have launched their own app stores. Operators are facing a challenge of being isolated by others in this industry chain.
Zhang stated that the name of the device is a deliberate reference to the iPhone and other competing products such as Lenovo Group Ltd.’s LePhone. U means Unicom and phone is just for phone, the company just wanted to compare the phone with the iPhone and LePhone.
China Unicom would not be the first carrier in the country to promote its own mobile operating system. The country’s largest operator, China Mobile, developed its OMS (Open Mobile System), calling phones installed with it, Ophones. OMS, however, is based on Android and was tweaked to better localize it for the China market.
According to Li Jian, head of the company’s LTE division, ZTE currently had contracts for 50 LTE networks worldwide, with seven of those to build commercial networks and the rest for trial ones. This year has been better than the company’s expectations at the end of 2009.
China’s dominant mobile carrier, China Mobile is also doing initial trial work for its own 4G variant, called TD-LTE. But China Telecom and China Unicom have been largely silent on the subject to date.
As per Li, she expected China Telecom and Unicom to start LTE trials next year, as they prepare for Beijing to issue 4G licenses.
ZTE Corporation will launch smart phones based on the Android operating system of Google Inc. in Europe, whose sales volume is likely to top 300,000, revealed the spokesperson of the leading global provider of telecommunications equipment and network solutions.
The smart phones will be equipped with 3.5-inch touch screens and sold in the name of Blade by French mobile communications service provider Bouygues Telecom. Later, it will hit the market of China, Portugal, Germany and Spain.
The smart phones will be sold at lower prices than other Android-based mobile phones available in the market. Earlier, ZTE snatched orders from foreign telecommunications giants with low offers in bidding invitations for telecoms equipment procurement.
ZTE has many mobile phones that are popular in developing countries. Besides, the company is also promoting high-end smart phones in the European and US market. In August 2010, ZTE launched a smart phone named Salute in the US in partnership with Verizon Wireless.
ZTE has announced the launch of the ZTE Blade smartphone in France. The new smartphone runs on Android 2.1 and features a 3.5 inch capacitive touch-screen, which supports multi-touch and runs at a resolution of 480×800 pixels.
ZTE-BLADE includes a 3.2 MP camera, alongside other vital functionalities of contemporary smartphones such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, email, internet, video player / recorder, MP3 player and FM radio. The phone will also be delivered with a 2GB microSD card to help users make the most of its multimedia capabilities.
ZTE’s smartphone weighs in at just 110g and includes both brightness and proximity sensors. It is embedded with a Qualcomm QCT MSM7227-1 microprocessor and a micro USB 2.0 port.