Ericsson and Shandong Mobile Communication Company (SDMCC) have signed contracts for the Phase 9 expansion of SDMCC’s GSM network. Ericsson will provide equipment, software and services in the expansion.

Under the contracts, Ericsson will provide equipment including Mobile Switching Center (MSC), Base Station Controller (BSC), Base Transceiver Stations (BTS), Home Location Register (HLR), Transit MSC (TSC), as well as software upgrading and customer services.

In this expansion, Ericsson will deploy rural network solutions to perfect the network coverage in rural and low traffic areas to meet the particular requirements of SDMCC. In order to extend SDMCC’s radio network coverage with the most cost-effective construction of base stations, Ericsson will provide high-power base stations RBS2206, RBS2202 CDU-A plus with Tower Mounted Amplifier (TMA), as well as high-power Micro Base Transceiver Station MAXITE. Combined with Ericsson’s advanced function software feature, the packaged rural solutions will enable SDMCC to further optimize the network quality of voice services for its users in low-traffic area.

A series of service contracts were also signed covering GSM and GPRS network optimization, remote consulting, hardware repair/replacement and education.

Equipment is being supplied by Ericsson’s two largest joint ventures in China, Beijing Ericsson Mobile Communications Company Ltd. and Nanjing Ericsson Panda Communications Company Ltd. Delivery will start in late June, and the projects will be completed in November. SDMCC’s GSM network will after the expansion reach the capacity of more than 12 million subscribers.

“Phase 9 is one of our largest expansion projects ever. SDMCC is committed to providing its customers with high quality network and services. We have had a strategic relationship with Ericsson since 1995 and chose them because of their outstanding products, quality services, and the win-win partnership between us,” commented Mr. Liu Aili, General Manager of SDMCC at the signing ceremony.

“As the sole system supplier of SDMCC’s GSM 900 network, we are pleased that SDMCC has again chosen Ericsson as a strategic business partner. The expansion grounds the provision of the next generation GPRS service and increases the coverage capability throughout the province. With Ericsson’s leading position in wireless technology and services, I believe Ericsson will have a continuous co-operation with SDMCC,” said Mr. Jan Malm, President of Ericsson (China) Company Ltd.