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  • Mobile Telecom Firms Eye China’s Telecom Market
  • November 2, 1998 (BEIJING) — China is regarded as the most important telecommunications market by the world’s leading mobile telecommunications companies.
    Michael Ricks, executive vice-president of Ericsson China, noted that China is an ideal market to introduce the most advanced telecommunication technology.

    His company is negotiating with a research institute to develop wide band mobile communications technology for the China market.

    The company also set up a research and development center in Hong Kong earlier this year.

    Its sales in China were US$2.2 billion last year, accounting for 10 percent of the company’s global sales.

    In 1997, Nokia of Finland had US$1.2 billion in sales in China, more than double the 1996 figure.

    China has become one of Siemens Ltd. China’s two fastest growing markets, after the United States, according to Juergen Lagleder, vice president of Siemens China.

    With eight joint ventures in China, Siemens expects China to become its second largest mobile communications market this year.

    China has had an annual growth rate of over 30 percentage points in telecommunications for several consecutive years.

    According to the Ministry of Information Industry (MII), growth in the industry will remain at a rate of above 28 percent this year.

    The number of Internet users in the country is increasing 200 percent a year, four times the worldwide growth rate.

    Motorola, Nokia and Ericsson now have the lion’s share of China’s mobile communications market, while Alcatel, China Giant Dragon and Siemens have the bulk of the telephone switch market.

    Lucent and Nortel are the biggest companies in China’s optical fiber cable business.

    (Xinhua News Agency)

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