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Nokia Siemens (NOK +0.8%) has offered the lowest bid in a China Mobile tender for 207K 4G TD-LTE...
Nokia Siemens (NOK +0.8%) has offered the lowest bid in a China Mobile tender for 207K 4G TD-LTE base stations, undercutting local vendors Huawei and ZTE, according to a Chinese media report. China Mobile has established a $6.75B 4G capex budget for 2013, as it tries to rapidly build out its network ahead of the government's issuing of commercial licenses (expected at year's end); rival carriers are also ramping their 4G spend. The report comes ahead of Nokia's Q2 results, due tomorrow morning. Tero Kuittinen declares the quarter a "moment of truth" for Nokia, given concerns about slumping feature phone sales in emerging markets, and questions about Lumia volumes/ASPs in light of strong sales of the low-cost 520.