China Mobile has awarded contracts valued at US$5.2 billion to Huawei, ZTE and Ericsson for the build out of 232,143 base stations to support the ongoing roll out of its 5G network.
Huawei took the largest share of work with 57.2% of the contract by number of base stations. ZTE will be responsible for 28.7% and Ericsson – the only foreign player after Nokia’s unsuccessful bid – will complete 11.5% of the work.
Chinese company CICT will take on the remaining 2.6% with the majority of the base stations to be built before year end.
Work began in 2019 when China Mobile appointed Ericsson and Nokia 6% each for phase one construction. Nokia was not awarded further work under the most recent China Mobile contract, however along with Ericsson it will provide a package of products and services to deliver 5G in France, including antennas and associated professional services.