China Business News, 9/10/08
According to an insider at Datang Mobile, "China Mobile (NYSE: CHL; 0941.HK) has had two companies join its second round of bidding for TD-SCDMA network equipment". These companies are Huawei and Nokia Siemens. Insiders at Huawei have confirmed that the company is independently entering the second round of bidding.
China Mobile has previously engaged in technology testing with equipment manufacturers as part of the bidding process for its second round of procurement, and is expected to release the results of these tests in two weeks at the earliest.
Editor's Note: During the first round of TD-SCDMA network equipment bidding, Huawei and Siemens each participated through their joint venture, TD Tech, rather than bidding independently. To see more background, please see "China Mobile's TD-SCDMA Bidding Starts", MD 3/22/08 issue.
China Mobile has selected 28 cities for the second stage of TD-SCDMA network expansion. For more background, please see "China Mobile Details TD-SCDMA Network Expansion", MD 8/25/08 issue.