In Brief

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 08 April, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 08 April, 2008, 12:00am


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ZTE wins deal to build high-speed transmission network in Kenya

ZTE Corp, the mainland's second-largest telecommunications equipment manufacturer, has won a deal for an undisclosed amount to build a large-scale, high-speed optical fibre transmission network in Kenya. The network expansion project, which will cover the western part of Kenya, will deploy ZTE's wavelength division multiplexing and multiservice transport platform devices.

Han Ling, a vice-manager of ZTE's bearer network products business unit, said: 'In addition to helping Kenya, the network will open new business opportunities for ZTE to work with other telecoms operators in Africa.' Bien Perez

China Security & Surveillance acquires Stonesonic and Longhorn

China Security & Surveillance Technology, a leading provider of digital surveillance technology on the mainland, has stepped up expansion with last week's acquisition of domestic firms Stonesonic Digital Technique and Longhorn Security Technology. Shenzhen-based China Security bought Stonesonic, a monitoring equipment maker, for cash and restricted common shares worth 227.037 million yuan (HK$252.46 million). Longhorn, a specialist manufacturer and installer of security alarm systems, was paid for in cash and restricted common shares worth 120.557 million yuan.

'We believe these transactions will further strengthen our overall service offering and expand our presence in China,' said China Security chief executive Tu Guoshen. Bien Perez

SmarTone taps Ericsson for cellular network upgrade

SmarTone-Vodafone, one of Hong Kong's biggest 3G mobile-telephone services providers, has selected Swedish telecommunications equipment manufacturing giant Ericsson as sole supplier for upgrading its high-speed packet access cellular network.

Under the three-year deal, the financial terms of which were not disclosed, Ericsson will also be responsible for network design, systems integration, spare parts management service, support services, and network deployment and integration. Bien Perez

IAspec Software buys majority stake in Wuda Geoinformatics

An affiliate of China Public Security Technology, a provider of public security information technology and geographic information systems (GIS) software services, has completed the purchase of a majority stake in Hubei-based Wuda Geoinformatics. The Shenzhen-based iAspec Software has paid 49.5 million yuan for a 57 per cent controlling interest in the Wuhan University-founded Geoinformatics, which develops and sells GIS software. Bien Perez