Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Ericsson boost its deals in China

Wireless infrastructure specialist Ericsson has won two major deals with the Chinese operators China Mobile and China Unicom in total worth nearly $1.5 bn to the Swedish group.

Separately, Ericsson has also signed a GSM expansion framework agreement with China Mobile valued at $1.3 bn and another with China Unicom valued at around $140 million. The expansion projects are set to be completed in 2008.

Together, China Mobile and China Unicom provide mobile services to about 550 million subscribers. The expansion projects will allow both operators to boost their network capacity and performance.

Under the framework deal with China Mobile, Ericsson will be one of the main suppliers of core and radio network equipment, along with related technical support and services, to expand GSM/GPRS coverage and capacity in 19 regions across China.

Suppliers are still waiting for China to sign 3G license agreements with the country's major operators, and have been for over three years.

Earlier this month, the country moved a step closer to commercializing its home grown 3G technology, with the revelation that the country's leading operator is to trial TD-SCDMA services.

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