Thursday, May 27, 2010

China Mobile opens tender for PTN equipments

5/27/2010, Beijing, China Mobile has just opened tender for purchasing packet metro transmission network equipments (PTN) for year 2010. The total value is estimated to be over 5billion Chinese Yuan.

According to China Mobile, they will invite bid for PTN and IPRAN (IP Radio Access Network)equipments. The qualified bidders must be the equipment manufactures themselves or their first degree distributors. All their equipments must have passed the certification of China Mobile's Lab. The deadline for purchasing the bidding document is May 31,2010.

"China Mobile has invested 3billion RMB on PTN in year 2009. We have deployed PTN in large scale in Zhejiang province, and there are several trial networks in Guangdong, Jiangsu etc. We are also the first to realize 1588V2 synchronizing around the world. " Mr. Xu,rong, senior researcher of China Mobile's research institute said. He also said there still is the margin for PTN manufactures to reduce price because of the large market request and competition.

In year 2009's PTN tender of China Mobile, Huawei, ZTE, Fiberhome, Alcatel Shanghai Bell, Erission, Nokia Siemens all shared the 3billion RMB market, Huawei and ZTE each has 35% market share.

Besides PTN, China Mobile also decided to reinforce their fixed line broadband network by adding 6million lines this year. According to local media, China Mobile already deployed 3million access lines in the first quarter of 2010.

For China Mobile's competitors, fixed line broadband business is a useful tool to compete with China Mobile. Both China Telecom and China Unicom have used combined fixed line broadband and cell phone services to attract new subscribers. This is attractive especially for enterprise customers. Because of this, China Mobile has realized that fixed line broadband business is a very important arm for their total business.

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