Alcatel Cuts Wireless Deals in China
[WTN-L World Tibet Network News. Published by The Canada Tibet Committee. Issue ID: 02/08/14; August 14, 2002.]
By Irene Tham, CNETAsia
French communications equipment maker Alcatel has received US$27 million worth of orders from two subsidiaries of China Mobile, the mainland's dominant cellular operator.
Under the agreements, Alcatel will supply and install its Evolium family of products, which includes base stations and mobile switching gear, to expand Gansu Mobile and Jilin Mobile's cellular networks, Alcatel said in a statement.
By October, Gansu Mobile and Jilin Mobile will be able to support 2.1 million and 4.6 million subscribers, respectively.
Alcatel first installed Gansu Mobile's GSM network in 1996 and has helped the firm expand its capacity six times through Alcatel Shanghai Bell, a joint venture between Alcatel and Chinese telco Shanghai Bell.
Similarly, the partnership between Alcatel and Jilin Mobile dates back to 1995, when Alcatel Shanghai Bell built the Chinese operator's first GSM network.
In the past two years, Alcatel Shanghai Bell has also provided solutions to Shanghai Mobile, Jiangsu Mobile, Tibet Mobile, Gansu Mobile, Shaanxi Mobile and Ning Xia Mobile.
With more than 1,500 sales personnel throughout the mainland, Alcatel Shanghai Bell is one of several mobile technology providers--including Qualcomm, Ericsson and Nokia--vying for a piece of China's wireless market.
In the fixed-line space, Alcatel recently clinched multi-million dollar contracts from China's Guangdong Telecom and Guangxi Telecom.
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