Wireless broadband network connects nine cities in China’s Fujian province

Nine cities in China’s Fujian province are to be connected to a wireless broadband network launched by the operator China Tel Group. The equipment for the network will be provided by Chinese vendor ZTE.

Phase 1 of the Fujian wireless broadband access (WBA) project will focus on two major cities: Fuzhou, the capital city of Fujian province, and Xiamen, one of the four special economic zones in PRC. Phase 2 of the Fujian WBA project will expand to seven additional cities (Quanzhou, Zhang Zhou, Longyan, Putian, Sanming, Nanping and Ningde) within the next 8 months.

ChinaTel will complete engineering for the Phase 2 cities by Q3, 2011. The equipment contract calls for delivery of 172 base stations and associated core equipment for installation in Xiamen and Fuzhou. ChinaTel projects the equipment for Phase 1 will be delivered by July 2011, and construction of Phase 1 will be complete and a commercial launch of the network in Fuzhou and Xiamen will occur by Q4, 2011.

All nine cities covered by the current phases of the project are within Fujian Province, which enjoys status under PRC law as Haixi Special Economic Zone, to promote foreign investment and international trade. “We expect to benefit in a variety of ways from the relaxed economic regulations in effect in Fujian Province, in terms of the services we will offer, as well as the technology we will employ,” stated ChinaTel’s President Colin Tay.

The value of equipment for the first two cities is $9.57 million. The two firms have agreed on component pricing for future equipment in the other seven cities, which will be ordered upon completion of engineering work to determine final equipment needs. The parties will also enter into a separate contract for ZTE to provide professional services including network planning and optimization and equipment installation for all nine cities.

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