China Mobile said to pick 4G tender winners

Dylan Bushell-Embling
26 Aug 2013
Daily News

Huawei and ZTE have reportedly won secured around half of the initial 4G rollout contracts awarded by China Mobile.

The mobile giant has awarded initial contracts worth around 20 billion yuan ($3.27 billion), Reutersreported, citing industry sources.

The year's most anticipated 4G equipment tender saw Huawei and ZTE secure around 25% apiece, according to the report, while Ericsson, Alcatel-Lucent and NSN have picked up around 10% each.

When announcing its 1H results two weeks ago, China Mobile revealed it was on track with its plan to expand its TD-LTE trial networks to 100 cities and over 200,000 base stations this year. The company started taking bids for the first contracts in June.

China Mobile last month separately selected 16 companies to supply an additional 206,500 TD-LTE devices for its trial networks. Huawei and ZTE were the biggest winners in this tender as well.

Huawei has separately revealed it has reappointed the Australian members of its Australian board, and plans to duplicate the strategy of appointing local figures to boards in other international markets.

Huawei was last year famously banned from tendering for rollout projects for Australia's National Broadband Network, purportedly due to national security concerns. The company responded by appointing some high-profile Australian figures to sit on a local board and help win over decision-makers. They were the company's first non-executive directors.

Former foreign minister Alexander Downer, former Victorian premier John Brumby and former navy fleet commander John Lord have now been reappointed to the board, according toFairfax Media.

Huawei also plans to export the local board model to other markets where it is facing resistance from lawmakers. This could potentially include the US.

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