The slice of the Olympics cake available to western technology firms is getting smaller each day. The latest example is GrenTech, a small Chinese electronics manufacturer, which has won a bid to supply China Mobile with Wi-Fi equipment for next year's Olympic wireless local area network (WLAN).
Nasdaq-listed GrenTech is no giant in in the electronics business and is hardly known outside of China. Nevertheless, it has a healthy position in the domestic market supplying cellular base stations to domestic carriers as well as a booming OEM business supplying radio frequency parts to the better-known equipment manufacturers like Huawei, ZTE and Datang.
Yingjie Gao, chairman and CEO of GrenTech said:
As more base station equipment manufacturers have chosen to procure base station RF parts and components in China to reduce costs, the demand for base station RF parts and components is growing rapidly. I believe base station RF parts and components will continue to be a key growth driver in 2007.”
GrenTech recently announced that it had won deals with both China Mobile and China Telecom to supply TD-SCDMA wireless coverage equipment for China's expanded TD-SCDMA trial network — more on the TD-SCDMA trials in this story.
Last month, GrenTech reported a 111% year-on-year rise in first quarter revenue to 31m yuan, although the company cautions that its first quarter performance is not representative as few operator contracts traditionally get signed during the period. In 2006, GrenTech reported a 16% rise in full-year revenues to 833m yuan.
The Olympics WLAN a high-speed wireless data transmission network that will cover the Olympic gymnasiums, stadiums and surrounding areas in six Olympic cities, including Beijing, Tianjin and Shanghai.
Elsewhere on the cellular front:
Another Nasdaq-listed Chinese electronics firm, Telestone Technologies, has won a contract to supply kit for China Mobile's TD-SCDMA trial networks. Telestone has been appointed an official provider for China Mobile, which is building the test networks in eight cities. Telestone will supply trunk amplifiers and combiners for the network .