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China Mobile awards 3G deals, expands rurally

Chinese vendors are reportedly the big winners in China Mobile’s third-round 3G network expansion tender worth CNY8.6 billion (US$1.26 billion). According to Reuters, ZTE has won 34 percent of the deal for the latest supply of TD-SCDMA kit, whilst Huawei grabbed 22 percent and Datang won 21 percent.

Alcatel-Lucent confirms China Mobile 3G win

Alcatel-Lucent has confirmed that a consortium involving its Chinese arm, Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell, and local partner Datang Mobile has been selected by China Mobile for deployment of the mobile operator’s third-phase TD-SCDMA 3G mobile network rollout across 11 provinces.

China Mobile 3G user takeup remains slow

China Mobile – the world’s largest operator – appears to be continuing its struggle to sign up 3G subscribers to networks based on its domestically developed technology, TD-SCDMA.

ZTE boosted by Chinese 3G sales in 1H09

Chinese equipment vendor ZTE has reported strong double-digit growth in both revenue and profit for the first half of the year on the back of strong demand for 3G equipment in its domestic market.

ZTE to build WiMAX network in Ukraine

ZTE has won a WiMAX deployment contract in Ukraine from Icon Private Equity’s portfolio company, Ukraine High Technologies (UHT), notes Cellular News.

Shares rise in Alcatel-Lucent on Chinese whispers

Shares in mobile kit vendor Alcatel-Lucent jumped as much as 16 percent amid speculation that the firm could be bought by a Chinese rival, reports Reuters.

CSL plans upgrades with ZTE

Cellular News reports that Hong Kong mobile operator CSL has unveiled its plans to deploy 3G network coverage in the 900MHz spectrum band and an evolution towards LTE.

ZTE wins Vietnamese 3G contract

TeleGeography reports that ZTE has partnered with Vietnamese mobile operator Vinaphone to roll out the operator’s 3G network in the country’s central provinces.

Forum finishes specs tackling voice over LTE issues

Industry group the VoLGA (Voice over LTE via Generic Access) Forum today published its first complete set of approved specifications aimed at delivering mobile voice and SMS services over future LTE networks. The move is important as there is currently no single agreed way of providing voice and SMS capability on next-generation LTE networks.

Promonte picks ZTE as sole network supplier

ZTE has been awarded a contract by Montenegrin mobile operator Promonte to be the sole vendor and service partner for its mobile network modernisation and expansion project, reports Telecompaper.