China Mobile, China’s leading mobile operator, awarded Motorola’s Global Telecom Solutions Sector (GTSS) two major contracts for its GSM and GPRS networks expansion. The combined value of the contracts is $95 million.
According to the terms of the contracts, Motorola will deploy its Horizonsystems GSM infrastructure solutions to expand China Mobile’s GSM 900 network in Beijing and Sichuan. The expansion projects, scheduled for completion in 2002 will increase operator’s network capacity by 1.5 million subscribers.
In addition to the GSM network expansion, Motorola will also install Packet Control Units (PCU) and Operation and Maintenance Centres-Radio to expand China Mobile’s General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) network in Beijing.
The expansion will increase the GPRS coverage within the Fourth Ring Road of Beijing. The GPRS commercial service is expected to be launched next year.Motorola’s GTSS supplied the original GPRS core network to Beijing last year.
Motorola’s GPRS radio network solution includes the Serving GPRS Support Node (SGSN), supplied by Motorola, and the Gateway GPRS Support Node (GGSN) from Cisco Systems. Motorola’s GPRS radio network can be implemented over an existing GSM network, which can help protect an operator’s investment, with a software load and a PCU addition.