Motorola awarded $80 million supply contract

Motorola has signed an $80 million supply contract with China Unicom for the Phase III expansion of the operator’s Code Division Multiple Access 20001X network.

Motorola’s Global Telecom Solutions Sector (GTSS) has signed an $80 million supply contract with China Unicom for the Phase III expansion of the operator’s Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) 20001X network.

The expansion contract will bring advanced mobile communications services to customers in the cities of Nanjing, Suzhou, WuXi, Changzhou, Nantong and Zhenjiang in Jiangsu province, one of the most developed districts of China. Once deployed, China Unicom will be able to offer its customers high-speed Internet access and advanced applications and services.

The network expansion, including SC4812 and SC300 base stations, network optimisation services and training, is scheduled for completion in the second half of 2003. When completed, it will more than double the capacity in those six cities, enabling service for up to 2.2 million subscribers.

This is the first contract Motorola has won in China Unicom’s CDMA Phase III, which is a CDMA20001X expansion. In May 2001, GTSS signed CDMA 95A contracts with China Unicom worth approximately $407 million for the CDMA infrastructure that laid the groundwork for China Unicom’s migration to CDMA20001X.

That was followed in October 2002 with contracts valued at nearly $446 million to expand the network and upgrade to CDMA20001X in the city of Beijing and in 10 provinces including Guangdong, Jiangsu, Fujian, Hebei, Jilin, Shanxi, Jiangxi, Guangxi, Xinjiang and Gansu. All of the contracts included network equipment and deployment as well as CDMA network optimisation services and technical training.