Asia Express - Mobile Communications
ZTE Signs Procurement Deal with US TriQuint, Supply Contract with Indian SSTL
May 14, 2009
Chinese telecommunications equipment provider ZTE has signed a framework agreement with US RF (Radio Frequency) product manufacturer and foundry service provider TriQuint Semiconductor at the US China Business Forum, according to a press release by TriQuint on May 7, 2009. As per the terms of the agreement, ZTE will procure TriQuint component products, including CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access), GSM (Global System for Mobile communications) and WCDMA (Wideband CDMA) ASICs (Application-Specific Integrated Circuits), in 2009. Value of the deal is estimated at more than US$50 million.

ZTE has also signed a contract with India's SSTL (Sistema Shayam Teleservices) to supply wireless and core network equipment for the mobile operator, according to a May 13 Dow Jones report. Although the financial details of the contract were not disclosed, it is reported that the deal will last over a period of seven years. SSTL is a joint venture between Russia's Sistema and India's Shyam Group, and the company is currently providing mobile communications services in three Indian telecom circles - Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, and Kerala - under the brand name of MTS (Mobile TeleSystems). SSTL also plans to launch a pan-India network, slated for completion by the third quarter of 2010.