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ZTE targets 50% of US revenue from handsets

Chinese mobile group ZTE is to concentrate on strengthening its presence in the US mobile handset market and is hoping for handsets to soon account for 50% of its US revenues.

Report: China Mobile, Samsung to provide TD-SCDMA at Olympics

Chinese news agency Xinhua reports that China Mobile’s 3G network based on TD-SCDMA technology is ready for commercial use during the Beijing Olympics this August.

StarHub becomes latest femtocell fan

Singapore’s StarHub is the latest operator to show interest in the emerging femtocell sector, with a six-month user trial planned from next week.

Report: Huawei seeks investor for handset push

Huawei, the Chinese telecoms equipment manufacturer, is reportedly planning to sell-off a multi-billion dollar stake in its mobile handset business to a foreign investor to gain a foothold in the North American market.

Zapp UMTS network covers 15 cities

Romanian operator Zapp says it now has UMTS 3G network coverage in 15 cities, with another four cities to be added by the end of next month. Its 3G equipment is being supplied by ZTE of China. Zapp is set to launch its first commercial UMTS services later this year, having been awarded its 2100MHz licence back in 2006. It currently offers mobile data services over a 450MHz CDMA2000 1xEV-DO network.
    

China Mobile opens second TD-SCDMA tender

China Mobile has launched a second round of tenders for mobile handsets and datacards based on China’s proprietary TD-SCDMA 3G standard.

Reports: Huawei shortlists mobile unit bidders

Reports today state that Huawei has shortlisted five private equity firms to bid for a US$2 billion stake in the company’s mobile handset unit.

Shyam Telelink begins US5B Indian investment

Indian mobile operator Shyam Telelink has chosen Alcatel-Lucent, Huawei and ZTE as its vendors for its multi-billion dollar CDMA 800MHz network investment. The operator – majority owned by Russian conglomerate Sistema – has previously said it will invest at least US$5 billion in expanding the nationwide network.

China Mobile moves on TD-SCDMA

Chinese news agency Xinhua reports today that China Mobile has joined the TD-SCDMA Industry Alliance (TDIA), becoming the first operator to secure membership. Established in 2002, TDIA comprises operators, manufacturers such as Bird, Huawei and ZTE, research and development entities, and distributors.

China Mobile ramps up TD-SCDMA rollout

China Mobile is reported to have issued a new tender for the supply of 40,000 TD-SCDMA handsets and begun its marketing push for the imminent launch of 3G services during the Olympic Games in Beijing next month.