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  • Siemens Sees 3rd-Generation Mobile Comm Demand in China
  • October 30, 1998 (BEIJING) -- Third-generation mobile communications systems will be widely used in China within the next five years, Juergen Lagleder, chief representative of Siemens China Ltd., said at the PT/EXPO COMM CHINA '98.
    The ongoing expo features various types of small-scale global systems for mobile communications (GSM) base stations.

    Major international telecom equipment companies such as Siemens, Ericsson and Nokia are also exhibiting third-generation CDMA technology to upgrade GSM base stations.

    Lagleder noted that major telecommunications equipment manufacturers plan to introduce state-of-the-art technology.

    Finnish-based Nokia recently opened an industrial complex in Beijing as part of an effort to expand both research and the production scale for telecommunications equipment.

    Nokia's latest handset features Chinese input functions and is smaller than a cigarette package.

    Heated competition has also emerged for various other products such as switchboards, data exchange equipment and optical transmission facilities.

    A number of Chinese manufacturers are also exhibiting domestic telecommunications products that fulfill all international standards. The Huawei Technology Co., Ltd. has conducted extensive trials of its GSM equipment in Shanghai and several provinces across the county, and plans to start full-scale production in 1999.

    A small group of companies, including Shanghai Bell Telephone Equipment Manufacturing Co., Ltd., currently dominate the Chinese market for program-controlled exchange equipment.

    (Xinhua News Agency)

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    Updated: Thu Oct 29 17:43:13 1998 PDT