Nokia Suffers 3G Blow

Nokia Corp.'s 3G technology has been dealt a body blow by the decision of a major network operator -- Hutchison Telecommunications (Hong Kong) Ltd. -- to rip out and replace 700 of its W-CDMA base stations, just a month before commercial launch of the network.

Unstrung has learned that Hutchison is to replace them with equipment from a joint venture of NEC Corp. (Nasdaq: NIPNY) and Siemens AG (NYSE: SI; Frankfurt: SIE).

Market analysts believe the fallout may jeopardize the vendor's long-term desire to dominate the W-CDMA network market -- a position currently held by LM Ericsson (Nasdaq: ERICY) -- and could give rival offerings a golden opportunity to enter the frame.

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— Justin Springham, Senior Editor, Europe, Unstrung

dogmeat 12/4/2012 | 11:55:50 PM
re: Nokia Suffers 3G Blow Where's the BobbyMax relevant post on this topic?

I've been waiting all afternoon. :^)
drone387 12/4/2012 | 11:55:49 PM
re: Nokia Suffers 3G Blow Motorola had their cdma95 basestations ripped out of a major US account a few years back also. It was the Mobile Switch Center software for Motorola that killed them. Qualcomm also failed in the cdma95 infrastructure market due to it's poor MSC. I wouldn't be surprised if Nokia had the same problem. Basically, you either have a heavy weight switch or team with a heavy weight switch player. Everyone tries to patch and upgrade a light weight switch while concentrating on the air interface stuff first. The air interface stuff works but the overall system collapses at the center under load. At the end of the day, the heavy weight switch guys are also the heavy weight cellular equipment players.
opgromt 12/4/2012 | 11:55:31 PM
re: Nokia Suffers 3G Blow This is a JOINT Venture; there may be nothing wrong with the equipment, but NEC will not want anyone to know that.
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