In 2002, Ericsson's softswitch solution passed all rigid tests implemented by experts of MII´s Research Institute of Telecommunications Transmission. Following network access tests, Ericsson is the only supplier awarded official licenses to provide a softswitch solution for both telephony and multimedia services in China.

 "This confirms Ericsson´s leadership in wireline technology and will further strengthen our position at the forefront of the infrastructure market during the evolution to Next Generation Networks in China", says David King, Vice President, Multi Service Networks, Ericsson. "With our profound implementation experience and expertise in softswitch offerings, Ericsson is helping Chinese operators create future-proof and highly integrated multiservice networks."

In March 2002, Ericsson signed a contract with China Telecom Group in Beijing, under which Ericsson provided equipment for the operator's Next Generation Network trial and deployed the softswitch solution in Guangzhou and Shenzhen branches of the group.