China Mobile has selected Nortel Networks to expand its GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) digital cellular network in Hebei province.
The contract is estimated to be worth approximately US$36 million and network expansion is planned for completion by mid-2003.
The upgrade – to be based on Nortel Networks Univity GSM access and core network solutions – will allow China Mobile to increase network capacity in Hebei province by 1.8 million subscribers.
In addition, the contract provides for introduction and implementation of both GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) and EDGE (Enhanced Data Rate for GSM Evolution) to support migration to a host of wireless data services.
According to Nortel Networks, EDGE is designed to deliver wireless packet data, on average three times faster than GPRS, for Web browsing, streaming audio and video, multimedia messaging, location-based services, m-commerce, Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) and other wireless services.
Nortel Networks has so far deployed wireless networks in 17 of China’s 31 provinces, and supplied GSM digital infrastructure equipment to China Mobile in eight provinces, including Hebei, Shaanxi, Tianjin, Xinjiang, Guizhou, Anhui, Liaoning, and Hunan.