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World's Largest EPON Tender?

8:55 AM -- China Unicom Ltd. (NYSE: CHU) is believed to have issued a tender for EPON equipment to support the rollout of 11 million high-speed fiber access broadband lines, according to a report from Interfax China.

If true, this is further evidence that China's EPON market is hotting up fast, and that Asia/Pacific's preference for EPON is ongoing, though China Telecom Corp. Ltd. (NYSE: CHA) is also checking out GPON's potential. (See China Telecom Uses AlcaLu's GPON.)

China Unicom is believed to have built out around 100,000 EPON lines so far, substantially less than China Telecom's 4 million lines at the close of 2008, according to Chinese vendor ZTE Corp. (Shenzhen: 000063; Hong Kong: 0763). (See ZTE Secures $15B, Highlights R&D.)

— Catherine Haslam, Asia Editor, Light Reading

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