Ericsson today announced it has been awarded further contracts worth $57 million by China Unicom to expand the operator’s CDMA2000 1X network in Jiangsu and Liaoning provinces, China.
Ericsson currently supplies its CDMA2000 1X network solution to China Unicom in Sichuan, Jiangsu, Henan, Anhui, Yunnan, Heilongjiang and Liaoning provinces. In addition, Ericsson supplies a multi-access network based on its CDMA2000 1X network and Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) solutions for China Unicom in Sichuan province.
‘Ericsson has been a committed, local partner in China for more than 100 years and we are dedicated to support China Unicom to generate new revenue streams and bring advanced 3G services to their customers,’ said Jan Malm, President, Ericsson China.
Deployment in Liaoning and Jiangsu is currently in progress and the expected commercial launch is in 2003.
Ericsson’s CDMA2000 solutions system includes Ericsson’s 800 MHz Compact Radio Base Stations, Base Station Controllers, Mobile Switching Centres, Home Location Registers, Network Management Systems and a full portfolio of services including training, network rollout and technical support.
Nanjing Ericsson Panda Communications Company Ltd (ENC), an Ericsson joint venture in China, will deliver all Ericsson equipment and services for the new contracts.