Asia Express - Mobile Communications
3G Development in China May 31 - June 6
June 04, 2010
- Following the announcement that the fourth round of the TD-SCDMA (Time Division-Synchronous Code Division Multiple Access) network equipment procurement tender floated by China Mobile officially began in May 2010, China Mobile began sending tender invitation documents on May 28, 2010 to companies who are interested in participating in this tender, the Sina News reported on June 3, adding that the process will last for one to two months. In the previous three equipment purchase tenders, the number of base stations purchased totaled 108,000 units, with a combined investment of over 90 billion RMB (US$13.2 billion; US$1= 9.8 RMB), according again to the Sina News. China Mobile is expected to purchase 102,000 base stations instead of 98,000 as previously predicated.


Eight companies are expected to participate in this tender, including Ericsson and Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell, Datang Telecom, Nokia Siemens Networks, Huawei, New Postcom, ZTE and Potevio, according again to the Sina News.


In a bidding evaluation in China, the business tender normally accounts for 50% of the total evaluation points, the technical tender accounts for around 30%, and the evaluation on previous construction plans, along with the brand-image and industry contribution of individual bidders, account for the remaining 20%, according to the Sohu IT News.


- Following the announcement made by China Telecom that the company would invite bids to purchase five million mid-range CDMA mobile phones priced between 700 RMB (US$102.9; US$1 = 6.8 RMB) and 1,999 RMB (US$294.0) in 2010, China Telecom recently stated that the company will launch more than 10 new models in a large scale around July 2010, the Sina News reported on June 2. China Telecom stated that the company already made several of these mobile phones available to the public in the market.