Motorola to expand CDMA and GSM networks

Motorola has been awarded $556 million to expand and upgrade China Unicom’s Code Division Multiple Access and Global System for Mobile Communications networks in Beijing and 12 Chinese provinces.

Motorola’s Global Telecom Solutions Sector has been awarded $556 million to expand and upgrade China Unicom’s Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) and Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) networks in Beijing and 12 Chinese provinces.

According to Motorola, the CDMA2000 1X Phase III expansion will bring fast-downloading multimedia applications and high-quality voice services to mobile customers in Beijing and the provinces of Fujian, Gansu, Guangdong, Guangxi, Hebei, Jiangxi, Jilin, Shanxi and Xinjiang.

The GSM expansion also will be carried out in Fujian, Guangdong, Hunan, Jiangsu, Shandong, Shanxi and Xinjiang provinces.

‘Motorola has been a valuable partner in the development of our CDMA network and this upgrade to the latest technology will give our customers high-speed multimedia services and wireless applications at a cost which provides value for our investors,’ said Tong Jilu, China Unicom vice president.

Motorola was the first supplier to sign a contract with China Unicom for its CDMA2000 1X Phase III expansion, with work carried out in Jiangsu province. The current network expansion is scheduled for completion by the end of March 2004.