Huawei lowest bidder in ICE tender for 3G platform

20 Nov 2008

Chinese telecoms equipment supplier Huawei has submitted the lowest of three bids to Costa Rica’s state telecoms operator ICE for the rollout of a 3G network of 950,000 lines writes BNamericas citing a statement from ICE. Huawei’s bid of USD245 million beat those from Ericsson (USD341 million) and ZTE (USD447 million). All of the offers are valid for 90 days. A technical analysis of the offers will be performed during the next 60 days, at the end of which a recommendation will be made to ICE’s acquisitions board, which will be in charge of awarding the contract.

The bidding process is the second of the year: an earlier tender in September to install 1.5 million 3G lines, 554 base stations, a pre-paid billing platform and 500,000 handsets attracted just a single bid – from Huawei – of USD583 million – more than double ICE’s original target price of USD225 million.