Ericsson and Sichuan Mobile Communication Company, China have signed a contract valued at $143 million for expansion of the GSM/GPRS network in Sichuan Province.
The expansion project will be completed in June 2002, raising the capacity of the dual band network provided by Ericsson to 4.2 million subscribers.
According to Ericsson, the contract also covers expansion of the Mobile Intelligence Network (MIN), enabling Sichuan Mobile to provide intelligent services including pre-paid services, private numbers, and private virtual networks, and will also expand GPRS functionality to the entire network.
Nanjing Ericsson Panda Communication Co., Ltd and Dalian EricssonCommunication Co., Ltd. will provide equipment and service for this project.
‘Our co-operation with Sichuan Mobile started in 1993, when Ericsson first built the analogue mobile network for the province,’ said Jan Malm, President Ericsson China. ‘We are very pleased to have their continuing confidence as main supplier of solutions for rapid expansion and smooth migration of their GSM network to 2.5G mobile systems.’
Ericsson has reportedly taken a leadership role with its open, multi-vendor GPRS system, holding 50 percent of the GPRS market, as measured by operator’s subscriber base.