Beijing Mobile plans to replace its existing Motorola network equipment with gear from Nokia Siemens Networks, according to an industry insider. The source said that the Motorola equipment is outdated and upgrades take too long, leaving the company no choice but to replace it.
Beijing Mobile's network has two sections, east (with equipment supplied by Nokia China) and west (Motorola). Motorola has provided Beijing Mobile with equipment for its GSM network expansion since 2002, primarily base station controllers (BSC) and base transceiver stations.
Nokia Siemens Network announced on December 29 that it will complete the bulk of its acquisition of Motorola's public carrier wireless network infrastructure assets in Q1 2011, but the deal is still in review by the antitrust regulatory mechanism of China's Ministry of Commerce.
Editor's Note: For more background on this topic, please see "NSN's Motorola Acquisition Delayed By Chinese Regulators" MD 12/30/10 issue.