China Securities News is reporting that China Mobile has asked equipment providers to submit informal bids for the supply of TD-SCDMA equipment. The bidding, which involves dozens of equipment suppliers, will identify providers for the Chinese company’s TD-SCDMA commercial network. China’s TD-SCDMA Industry Alliance disclosed that a number of foreign companies such as Alcatel-Lucent, Nortel, Ericsson and Siemens had joined the bidding through their China-based joint ventures.
Earlier reports revealed that the TD-SCDMA procurement tenders held by China Mobile, China Telecom and China Netcom will be worth CNY26.7 billion (USD3.45 billion). China Mobile is reported to be building commercial TD-SCDMA networks in eight cities: Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Shenyang, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Qinhuangdao and Xiamen.