Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Huawei, ZTE, UTStarcom Share China's IPTV Deals

From Xinhua online (Government media):

"Three domestic telecommunications suppliers have defeated their overseas rivals in the bid for Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) equipment deals offered by China's two leading telecom operators: China Telecommunications Corp and China Network Communications Group Corp, the Beijing News reported today.

For China Telecom, Shenzhen-based Huawei Technologies Co Ltd won the deal for a test IPTV network for its Guangdong branch, while ZTE Corporation, China's largest publicly-traded telecom supplier, pocketed the deal for its Jiangsu unit. Nasdaq-listed UTStarcom Inc won the contract to supply Shanghai Telecom.

The Guangdong Telecom deal is for a network for 100,000 users, covering Guangzhou, Shenzhen and other wealthy areas of the Pearl River Delta. However, industry sources cited by the Beijing-based newspaper indicated Huawei is not the only winner of the bid and will be sharing the deal with other contenders including UTStarcom.

ZTE's deal for Jiangsu Telecom is for China's largest IPTV network, covering the four test cities of Suzhou, Nanjing, Wuxi and Yangzhou and with a capacity of 100,000 users. In addition to it, ZTE has won an order from China Telecom's Shaanxi Telecom unit.

UTStarcom is the biggest winner of the trio, bringing in deals totaling US$45 million to US$100 million. Besides the deal for Shanghai Telecom, it has won the bid for China Netcom's Harbin branch."

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