Asia Express - Mobile Communications
3G Development In China May 4-10
May 08, 2009
- China Mobile announced on May 4 the third-phase TD-SCDMA (Time Division-Synchronous Code Division Multiple Access) equipment bidding results, the Sina News reported on May 5. China Mobile began to invite bids on March 16, 2009. The eight bid winners include Datang Mobile and its affiliates, namely Alcatel-Shanghai Bell, which won a 23% share of the bidding, followed by Huawei's 20%, ZTE's 18%, as well as three Chinese vendors, including New Postcom, Fiberhome, and Potevio, which were jointly rewarded a 30% share of the bidding. Moreover, Nokia Siemens Networks and Ericsson each won a 5% share. The value of the deals is totaled at around 8.6 billion RMB (US$1.26 billion; US$1 = 6.8 RMB). According to China Mobile's third-phase construction plan, the TD-SCDMA service coverage will include up to 328 cities in China, presenting 70% network coverage nationwide.

Meanwhile, China Mobile has signed cooperation agreement with Datang Mobile, whereby the latter will help Shanghai Mobile - a subsidy of China Mobile in Shanghai- to deploy 15 base stations based on TD-LTE (TD-Long Term Evolution) - a TDD (Time Division Duplex) version of LTE. China Mobile plans to launch a trial network based on said technology during the World Expo 2010 Shanghai, the Sohu News reported on May 8.

- Aiming to accelerate the WCDMA adoption, the China Unicom announced that it will not kick off the next wave of bidding for WCDMA (Wideband CDMA) network equipment, the Xinhua News reported on May 8. The bid winners of the first-phase WCDMA network equipment will continue to participate in the second-phase network deployment.

According to China Unicom's first-phase WCDMA network equipment bidding results, Huawei-Motorola alliance held a 30.6% share, for network deployments in Guangdong, Tianjin, and Chongqing; Ericsson, which won a 26.5% share of the bidding for Beijing, Jiangsu, and Sichuan; ZTE held 21.5% for Shandong and Zhejiang, followed by Nokia Siemens' 11.1% and Shanghai Bell's 10.2%.

For China Unicom's first-phase WCDMA network deployment, ZTE, Huawei, and Nokia Siemens had completed 97%, 93% and 89% of base station deployments, respectively, in China's 56 cities as of the April 28, 2009, according to the same source.