Ericsson, ZTE disqualified from 3G contract tender (Thailand)

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Ericsson and ZTE have complained about the tender process being accomplished by Thailand’s state-owned telco, TOT over its US$650 million 3G network contract. The TOT had issued a preliminary statement that ruled the two companies out of the bidding. Ericsson was barred from bidding for seemingly failing to submit catalogues for antenna-related products and concerns that any dispute would have …

EditorEricsson, ZTE disqualified from 3G contract tender (Thailand)

Unicom to target 50m new 3G subscribers (China)

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China Unicom is planning to attract 50 million new 3G subscribers this year, and has started a marketing push to reach its goal. According to sources, the company has started localized 3G marketing at two of its branches and is preparing new 3G services to help it meet its ambitious targets. But Unicom, which signed up a consistent 1 million …

EditorUnicom to target 50m new 3G subscribers (China)

ZTE India appoints Cui Liangjun as CEO

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Telecom equipments provider ZTE Telecom India, a wholly-owned subsidiary of ZTE Corporationhas has appointed Cui Liangjun as the new chief executive officer (CEO). According to the company, current CEO Huang Dabin would continue working with ZTE at its headquarters in Shenzhen, China. Prior to his new role, Liangjun was the Vice General Manager and Chief Technology Officer of ZTE Telecom …

EditorZTE India appoints Cui Liangjun as CEO

Outgoing Volvo chief nominated for Ericsson role

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Leif Johansson is in nomination for chairman of Ericsson after he steps down as chief executive of Volvo this year, but BP’s Carl-Henric Svanberg has ruled himself out of the job. Ericsson, one of the world’s biggest network equipment makers, is searching for a successor to Michael Treschow, who announced that he was planning to retire after nine years as …

EditorOutgoing Volvo chief nominated for Ericsson role

Four groups join 3G network contract auction – TOT (Thailand)

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Thailand’s state-owned telecommunications company TOT PCL has stated that four groups have submitted applications to participate in an electronic auction for the supply of US$568 million worth of equipment and an installation contract for its 3G mobile phone network. According to TOT Senior Executive Vice-President Arnon Tubtiang, the first consortium comprises United Communication Industry PCL, Advanced Information Technology PCL, and …

EditorFour groups join 3G network contract auction – TOT (Thailand)

ZTE launches 1000th base station for Ncell (Nepal)

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ZTE Corporation has launched 1000th base station for Nepal’s mobile operator Ncell. The base station, which is based on ZTE’s BTS solution, was installed for Nepal-based mobile operator Ncell. According to Yang Jintao, CEO of ZTE Nepal, ZTE solution will not only solve the network coverage in remote areas for Ncell with its new generation green compact BTS, but also …

EditorZTE launches 1000th base station for Ncell (Nepal)

China positive on EU wireless modem decision

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Commerce Minister Chen Deming ­has stated that the Chinese government is hopeful that the European Commission (EC) will stop an investigation into Chinese wireless wide area networking (WWAN) modems. According to Chen, they hope the EC will support the China-EU business cooperation and make a prompt decision to stop the three types of trade investigation. The Chinese government will continue …

EditorChina positive on EU wireless modem decision

China Mobile to commence TD-LTE trials in Q1’11

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China Mobile will initiate TD-LTE trials in six cities in the first quarter of 2011, indicating the operator is edging closer to a commercial launch. The operator will deploy over 3,000 TD-LTE base stations, including 2,500 outdoors and 500 indoors- in Beijing, Shanghai, Gaungzhou, Nanjing, Shenzhen and Xiamen. According to ccid.com, China Mobile will use the 1.9GHz frequency band for …

EditorChina Mobile to commence TD-LTE trials in Q1’11

Microsoft plans to launch Chinese-edition WP7 platform in 2H11

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If sources are to be believed, Microsoft plans to launch a Chinese-edition of Windows Phone 7 (WP7) in the second half of 2011 and is currently soliciting China-based mobile device makers including Lenovo, Huawei Technologies and ZTE to jointly develop WP7-based smartphones targeting the China market. According to the sources, Microsoft is expected to unveil the second batch of WP7 …

EditorMicrosoft plans to launch Chinese-edition WP7 platform in 2H11

Econet’s investment to reach $900 million soon (Zimbabwe)

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Econet Wireless Zimbabwe’s CEO Douglas Mboweni has stated that the GSM, 3G and WiMAX operator is in the middle of investing an additional USD300 million in its networks to bring total investment to date to USD900 million. According to Mr Mboweni, from the time the company started operating in October 1999 up to the time they published their financial results …

EditorEconet’s investment to reach $900 million soon (Zimbabwe)

ZTE to launch first smartphone in Japan

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ZTE Corp, china’s second-largest telecom equipment provider, and SoftBank, Japan’s third-largest telecommunications operator, have announced that their jointly developed Android smartphone, Libero, will be launched in the Japanese market later this month. The handset is ZTE’s first smartphone to be launched in Japan, and the second handset developed in collaboration with SoftBank. The first handset “SoftBank 840Z” was launched in …

EditorZTE to launch first smartphone in Japan

SoftBank deal marks ZTE’s entry in Japan

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China’s ZTE has become the latest foreign vendor to attempt to hit Japan’s tough handset market, announcing an exclusive deal to supply smartphones to SoftBank, the country’s third-largest operator. According to ZTE, SoftBank would launch the first jointly-developed smartphone this month. The device known as the ‘Libero’ runs on Google’s Android operating system, and ZTE claims it is the first …

EditorSoftBank deal marks ZTE’s entry in Japan