Huawei Technologies Co has established a submarine
telecommunications joint venture with UK-based Global Marine
Systems to penetrate into the US$2 billion market annually, China's
biggest private telecommunication equipment maker said
Huawei, which defined itself as "a new entrant" in a statement,
will challenge rivals in the submarine telecommunication market
such as Alcatel-Lucent, industry insiders said.
The JV, called Huawei Submarine Networks Ltd, is scheduled to be
launched in early 2008 but both sides didn't provide financial
details of the deal.
Huawei Submarine will deliver end-to-end submarine network
equipment and related services, which enables communications
capabilities on a global scale, according to the statement.
"Huawei Submarine is a major focus for both companies and
introduces a competitive new entrant into the submarine
telecommunication market," Gabriel Ruhan, chief executive of Global
Marine, said in a statement.
The new firm has combined Huawei's expertise as the fastest
growing vendor in optical networks in 2006 with Global Marine's 150
years of market-leading experience in submarine engineering, both
Huawei's revenue was US$11 billion in 2006 and 65 percent came
from overseas markets.
The global switch to all-IP (Internet Protocol) networks and
explosive global growth in bandwidth requirements was driving
resurgence in telecommunications in certain geographic regions.
Global spending on this type of infrastructure will hit US$2
billion annually over the next five years, analysts estimated.
Rivals include Alcatel-Lucent with 40 percent market shares, NEC
(Shanghai Daily December 14, 2007)