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Report: Huawei, ZTE Win Big at China MobileReport: Huawei, ZTE Win Big at China Mobile

China Mobile is said to have awarded at least two of the massive 4G contracts to domestic vendors Huawei and ZTE.

Dan Jones

August 23, 2013

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Report: Huawei, ZTE Win Big at China Mobile

China Mobile has reportedly finally awarded $3.2 billion in contracts to deploy its forthcoming 4G LTE network.

Reuters cites sources saying that China Mobile Ltd. (NYSE: CHL) has awarded the lion's share of the contracts to domestic vendors Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. and ZTE Corp. (Shenzhen: 000063; Hong Kong: 0763) Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU), Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC), and Nokia Networks each have received about 10 percent of the massive contract each too.

The China Mobile network will be the largest 4G LTE network yet seen -- the operator has more than 700 million existing customers on 2G and 3G networks. China Mobile has said that it expects to install 200,000 LTE basestations this year.

Why this matters

Not only is this a massive deal that all the major infrastructure providers covet, it is also the largest planned deployment for LTE TDD (aka LTE-TD) yet envisaged. China Mobile, because of the spectrum it has available, is using a different flavor of LTE technology to the vast majority of other operators deploying the 4G technology round the world. Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) is the only US operator planning to deploy this flavor of LTE, using Clearwire LLC (Nasdaq: CLWR)'s 2.6GHz spectrum.

About the Author(s)

Dan Jones

Mobile Editor

Dan is to hats what Will.I.Am is to ridiculous eyewear. Fedora, trilby, tam-o-shanter -- all have graced the Jones pate during his career as the go-to purveyor of mobile essentials.

But hey, Dan is so much more than 4G maps and state-of-the-art headgear. Before joining the Light Reading team in 2002 he was an award-winning cult hit on Broadway (with four 'Toni' awards, two 'Emma' gongs and a 'Brian' to his name) with his one-man show, "Dan Sings the Show Tunes."

His perfectly crafted blogs, falling under the "Jonestown" banner, have been compared to the works of Chekhov. But only by Dan.

He lives in Brooklyn with cats.

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