Report into deals by US supplier likely to spark industry-wide investigation Beijing's anti-graft investigators are expected to launch a probe into the multibillion-dollar deals Lucent Technologies and other foreign telecom equipment makers have secured to supply the mainland's vast telecom market. Lucent Technologies, one of the biggest US telecom equipment makers, has turned over to mainland investigators an 800-page report into possible violations of a US anti-corruption law involving its China operations. The anti-corruption bureau of the Beijing Municipal People's Procuratorate was having the report translated, sources said. Investigators would use the report to launch a comprehensive probe of the mainland's whole telecom industry, they said. Investigators are hopeful the report will provide the names of individuals and mainland companies implicated in the violations. Most of the mainland's telecom companies are Lucent clients, including China Telecom, China Unicom and China Netcom. China accounted for 11 per cent of the company's revenue in 2003. It is an open secret that there is widespread corruption in the industry, with some telecom officials and operators allegedly receiving huge kickbacks for approving purchases of equipment worth hundreds of millions of US dollars from foreign and domestic makers. The investigation comes as the central government is expected to announce its decision on 3G technologies and standards next year. Telecom equipment makers are fighting one another for a piece of the pie that could amount to hundreds of billions of US dollars. It also comes after Beijing announced a surprise decision earlier this month to rotate the heads of China Mobile, China Telecom, China Unicom and China Netcom. It is unclear whether the reshuffle is linked to the report. Several years ago, the central government rotated the heads of the four major state-owned banks, including transferring Wang Xuebing from the Bank of China to the China Construction Bank before launching an investigation on economic irregularities at BOC involving Wang. Wang was later convicted on corruption charges and given a long prison sentence. In April, Lucent Technologies shocked the mainland's telecom industry by announcing it had dismissed four senior executives from its China operations, including the president and chief operating officer, for allegedly violating the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Under the act, executives can be jailed and US companies fined and barred from US government procurement contracts if they are found to have bribed a foreign government official. Lucent said it unearthed 'internal control deficiencies' in China during an internal audit held in response to bribery claims against its Saudi Arabian operations. Lucent reported the potential violations to the US Department of Justice and the US Securities and Exchange Commission and is co-operating with those agencies. Officials from Lucent's China operations said they were not aware of the report being handed to mainland investigators, while the company's Asia-Pacific office declined to comment. Separately, Huang Qiang , deputy general manager of China Unicom's import and export subsidiary, was last month given a suspended death sentence for soliciting kickbacks of 5.77 million yuan.