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EMobile Names China's Huawei Gear Supplier for Wireless Network

July 19, 2006

EMobile Ltd., a mobile carrier whose investors include Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Temasek Holdings Pte, said Huawei Technologies Co. will supply equipment for the high-speed cellular network it is building in Japan.

Huawei, based in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen, will supply equipment for network construction starting in cities such as Sendai and Sapporo in northern Japan, Tokyo-based EMobile said in a statement today. No financial details were given.

EAcess Ltd., EMobile's parent, was one of three companies in November last year to receive a license to sell mobile-phone services in Japan, the first new entrants to the industry in 12 years. EMobile is looking to offer services as quickly as possible to compete with NTT DoCoMo Inc., KDDI Corp., and Softbank Corp. (9984) for a share of an 8.5 trillion yen ($72 billion) cell-phone market.

``We are confident in our ability to help EMobile maximize their customers' value and gain a leading market position,'' Ren Zhengfei, Huawei's chief executive officer, said in an e-mailed statement from the Chinese company.

Huawei will supply EMobile with equipment using wideband code division multiplier access, or W-CDMA, technology for the carrier's third-generation mobile network. Stockholm-based Ericsson AB, the world's biggest maker of mobile-phone networks, is already supplying equipment for EMobile's network.

The carrier plans to begin selling wireless data services in April 2007 and mobile voice services in February 2008, EAccess Chief Executive Officer Sachio Semmoto said in an April interview.

To contact the reporter on this story: John Liu in Shanghai at jliu42@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Teo Chian Wei at cwteo@bloomberg.net


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