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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.

Japan Communications orders ZTE 3G handsets

Japanese MVNO Japan Communications has ordered 100,000 3G handsets from Chinese vendor ZTE, reports Telegeography, citing a report in Nikkei Business Publications. The deal is reportedly one of the first instances in Japan of a MVNO procuring handsets without implementing the host operator’s test for mutual connectivity.

 

ZTE partners on free-to-air mobile TV

ZTE has partnered with chipset manufacturer Telegent on the supply of free-to-air mobile TV services. Both companies claim the tie-up will enable mobile consumers worldwide to receive local TV broadcasts.

 

ETC prepares CDMA service launch

The Ethiopian Telecommunications Corporation (ETC) has completed the installation of the first phase of its CDMA2000 network infrastructure, with a capacity for 625,000 subscribers.

China Mobile buys 40,000 TD-SCDMA phones

China Mobile has purchased 40,000 TD-SCDMA handsets from ZTE, Lenovo and Guangzhou New Postcom Equipment for use during this month’s Olympic Games, reports Dow Jones Newswires, citing regional news agency Xinhua.

ZTE, Huawei win 61% of Q2 basestation contracts

Chinese mobile equipment manufacturers ZTE and Huawei continued to capture the majority of new mobile basestation contracts in second-quarter 2008, according to new data from EJL Wireless Research.

LiMo Foundation expands as competition grows

The LiMo Foundation – a global group of handset manufacturers, operators, chip makers and other mobile-focused companies tasked with creating a mobile Linux-based open-source operating system that can be quickly designed into a handset – has announced 11 new members today, including Telecom Italia, ZTE, PacketVideo and Freescale Semiconductors.