Alcatel today announced the signing of several contracts in China worth more than $30 million to expand and upgrade the GSM/GPRS network of Zhejiang Mobile Communication Company, a subsidiary of China Mobile.
Under the terms of these contracts, Alcatel will deploy its Evolium mobile network solution to expand the GSM/GPRS network over most of the major cities in the Zhejiang Province located in the South-East of the country, including Hangzhou, Shaoxing, Jiaxing, Jinghua, Huzhou, Lishui and others.
The building of the new networks is expected to be completed by August. This will enable Zhejiang Mobile to increase its GSM/GPRS network capacity to more than 16 million subscribers.
Along with supplying infrastructure equipment, Alcatel will also provide Zhejiang Mobile with its advanced Home Location Register (HLR). The Alcatel mobile subscriber database solution is said to be able to support GPRS prepaid services as well as ensure cost effective migration towards 3G/UMTS.
The expansion contracts were won through Alcatel Shanghai Bell, Alcatel’s Chinese company and the leading Chinese telecom technology vendor.