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China Telecom Evaluates CDMA Bids, Plans EV-DO Trials

Communications Weekly, 8/13/08

From August 4-13, nearly a hundred China Telecom (NYSE: CHA; 0728.HK) experts evaluated CDMA equipment from Alcatel-Lucent, Huawei, ZTE (0763.HK; 000063.SZ), Nortel, Motorola and Samsung, who were bidding on network equipment and terminal contracts. Results from the bidding are expected soon.

Following this round of bidding, China Telecom plans to conduct EV-DO network construction tests in two to three cities per province nationwide. Investment in EV-DO this year and next will be primarily experimental in nature, with the results of the tests determining China Telecom';s next step in its deployment of the technology.

Editor';s Note: For more background on CDMA network bidding, please see ";Rumor: China Telecom to Invest RMB 30 bln in CDMA Network";, MD 7/16/08 issue.

Keywords: mobile network equipment procurement 000063.SZ 0728.HK 0763.HK Alcatel Alcatel-Lucent bidding CDMA CHA China Telecom Huawei Motorola network construction Nortel Samsung wireless ZTE CDMA2000 EV-DO trial

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