China Putian, the country's largest telecommunications equipment vendor, is to follow rival Huawei Technologies by expanding its international business. James Wang Jian, executive deputy general manager of the international trade division, said China Putian had increased its efforts to expand in the overseas market since last year due to China's World Trade Organisation accession. 'The crux of WTO is fair trade. After China's entry to the WTO, when foreign [companies] are coming into the China market, we also need to go aboard as well,' said Mr Wang. China Putian is on a long list of mainland equipment vendors that have been stepping up their exposure in international markets, resulting in a more competitive environment for global vendors. Mainland telecoms equipment suppliers such as Huawei, ZTE, TCL International Holdings and Haier Group are all accelerating investment in overseas markets to compete with the large players. China Putian has ranked as China's largest information technology company by revenue for the past two years. Last year, its revenue reached 64.2 billion yuan (about HK$60.17 billion). Sales from overseas business amounted to US$1.3 billion. Mr Wang said China Putian hoped to double its revenue from overseas operations every year. In order to be more effective in branding its products to overseas markets, Mr Wang said it was restructuring its sprawling business and consolidating all its brands under Putian's flag. From the beginning of next year, China Putian would change two mobile handset brands - Capitel and Eastcom - into Putian Capitel and Putian Eastcom. Mobile communications equipment is China Putian's main revenue source and accounts for about 70 per cent of the group's total revenue last year. Of the sum, about 35 per cent comes from sales of mobile handsets.