Chinese Vendors Dominate China Mobile's Latest 4G Contracts
Published on: 25th May 2014
China Mobile is reported to have awarded the bulk of its second phase LTE contracts to the two local suppliers, Huawei and ZTE.
Citing two sources with direct knowledge of the matter, the Reuters news agency reported that ZTE and Huawei pikced up 34 percent and 31 percent of the contracts respectively.
Ericsson and Alcatel-Lucent both won 9 percent of the batch, while Nokia secured 8 percent, the sources added.
China Mobile has confirmed the names of the winners, but wont elaborate on the size of each contract.
The second phase of the mobile network's 4G rollout is for around 100,000 base stations. Another contract for around 160,000 base stations is due to be awarded later this year.
Although China Mobile has already spent billions on its 4G network, and will spend billions more, its suppliers have been oddly reluctant to elaborate on their contract wins. Some put out short statements over time, but details are usually very scarce for contracts of such commercially important significance.
On the web: Reuters