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Reliance Hands 3G Deal to ZTE

3:15 PM -- Further confirmation that the Chinese vendors are back in play in India came today as ZTE Corp. (Shenzhen: 000063; Hong Kong: 0763) announced a 3G network infrastructure deal with India's second biggest mobile operator, Reliance Communications Ltd. (See ZTE Wins Reliance 3G Deal, India Gets Its 3G On, Reliance Sets Out Its 3G Stall, and India Clears Chinese Gear Orders.)

ZTE is supplying its multiservice SDR (software-defined radio) mobile access platform in eight of the 13 service circles in which Reliance has 3G spectrum. (See India's 3G Auction Ends, Raises $14.6B and A Guide to India's Telecom Market for more on India's circles.)

The news isn't shocking: Reports were already out in the market that ZTE, along with rival Chinese vendor Huawei, had bagged the 3G business at Reliance. (See Huawei Bags India 3G Deal.)

Quite what sorts of margins vendors such as ZTE might be making on their 3G deals is another matter, as reports from India point to a cut-throat market for 3G network deals among the main vendors. (See India's 3G Equipment Market a 'Bloodbath'.)

— Ray Le Maistre, International Managing Editor, Light Reading

wonderfull 12/5/2012 | 4:23:29 PM
re: Reliance Hands 3G Deal to ZTE

Ray:


You may want to fix this.


G

digits 12/5/2012 | 4:23:27 PM
re: Reliance Hands 3G Deal to ZTE

fixed -- had China on the brain... 

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