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Sunday, January 11, 2009

China's Huawei wins 235 million dollar Costa Rica 3G phone deal

Huawei still has a healthy growth despite the global economic downturn.

China's Huawei wins 235-mln-dollar Costa Rica 3G phone deal

SAN JOSE (AFP) – The Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) gave China's Huawei Technologies a 235-million-dollar contract to install a third-generation mobile phone network for 935,000 customers in the country, local media said Saturday.

ICE deputy manager Claudio Bermudez said the 3G network should be operational throughout the Central American nation by the end of 2009.

The contract, which Huawei won in a bidding war against Sweden's Ericcson and China rival ZTE Corporation, will be submitted for approval to Costa Rica's General Accounting Office.

An initial bid in August was won by Huawei with a 583-million-dollar price tag against no opposition as other companies rejected ICE demands for the contract.

President Oscar Arias intervened, asking ICE to withhold adjudication of the contract until another auction could be held.

The 3G move will give mobile users access to high-end data applications on their phones, including high-speed interactive gaming and Internet access, video conferencing, video streaming and other multimedia features.

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