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Metromedia International Group Inc. announced its subsidiary, Metromedia Asia Corp., has acquired Asian American Telecommunications Corp., a company engaged in the development and construction of telecommunications systems in China, by an exchange offer for all of AAT’s common shares of stock. Following the acquisition, MIG said it will own about 56.7 percent of Metromedia Asia, and existing shareholders and AAT owners will own the remainder.

Telecom Analysis Systems said its PHS-Lab test system has been selected by several Japanese Personal Handyphone System manufacturers to evaluate PHS wireless communications equipment. Matsushita, Hitachi and NEC Corp. are reported to be among the companies planning to use the equipment. TAS said its PHS-Lab is the only system that includes an RF channel model that supports four branches with full correlation control, which is essential to proper testing of PHS systems.

Qualcomm Inc. will supply personal communications services infrastructure and subscriber equipment and services to Chilesat Telefonia Personal S.A., a subsidiary of Telex-Chile S.A. According to the agreement, Qualcomm will provide Code Division Multiple Access 1900 MHz base stations and base station controllers, RF design, training and network planning services using its QEDesign network planning software.

Reliance Telecom selected Motorola Inc.’s International Cellular Infrastructure Division to install a Global System for Mobile communications network in India. The network will cover 13 states in central, eastern and northeastern India, representing one-third of the country’s population, Motorola said. The region’s harsh terrain and lack of landline telephone service make it likely that cellular phone service will succeed there, the company added.

The Universal Wireless Communications Consortium said Guangzhou China Electric System Engineering Co., a telecommunications carrier based in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province of China, has been approved for membership in the UWC Consortium. The UWC Consortium is an organization of carriers and vendors that support Interim Standard 136 Time Division Multiple Access and IS-41 Wireless Intelligent Network global mobility business solution.

South Africa’s Ministry for Posts, Telecommunications and Broadcasting announced it is entering final negotiations with the consortium of SBC International Inc., a subsidiary of SBC Communications Inc., and Telekom Malaysia Berhad for a 30 percent stake in Telkom South Africa. Telkom South Africa is the state-owned telecommunications company, which has a countrywide franchise to provide local service as well as domestic and international long-distance service. In addition, it owns a 50 percent stake in Vodacom, one of two cellular service providers in the country.

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