Under the contract with Guangdong Mobile Communications (GMCC), Ericsson will provide its pre-tested and verified Packet Backbone Network (PBN) Solution. Ericsson’s AXI 520 series IP Backbone Routers (based on Juniper Networks M20 & M10 Internet routers) will be deployed in nine cities of Guangdong province, including Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, and Dongguan. Implementation of the project has begun, and completion is planned for end of August 2002.

Ericsson will build a Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) -based Virtual Private Network (VPN) onto GMCC’s existing provincial backbone network. Upon completion of the project, GMCC will be able to offer highly secure, MPLS-based VPN services to its customers.

As an end-to-end solution provider, Ericsson will also provide extensive customer service, covering consultation, system integration, technical support, training, and after-sale services.

In February 2001, Ericsson provided GMCC with AXI 580 and AXI 520 IP Backbone Routers to build GMCC’s provincial backbone network connecting 22 cities of Guangdong province. The current MPLS-VPN project is an expansion to this provincial network project.

“This second project with GMCC further strengthens our two companies’ relationship following the construction of GMCC’s provincial backbone network last year,” said Mr. Jan Malm, President of Ericsson China. “Further, it demonstrates Ericsson’s ability and competence in delivering comprehensive, high-end IP datacom solutions to operators.”

The Ericsson AXI 520 and 580 IP backbone routers are built to deliver highly reliable, scalable, and cost-efficient IP services across high-speed networks. Based on leading edge ASIC technology, and incorporating consistent Juniper Networks JUNOS Internet Software throughout the network, these routers help service providers and carriers lower their capital and operational costs by simplifying rollout and support. This accelerates the time it takes to design, test, and deploy the network, and provision new IP services.