Ericsson currently supplies its total CDMA2000 1X network solution to China Unicom in Sichuan, Jiangsu, Henan, Anhui, Yunnan, Heilongjiang and Liaoning provinces. In addition, Ericsson supplies a multi-access network based on its CDMA2000 1X network and Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) solutions for China Unicom in Sichuan province.

"We are honoured to further strengthen our partnership with China Unicom," said Ake Persson, president of Ericsson Mobile Systems CDMA. "Our CDMA2000 solution provides China Unicom with a future proof solution with seamless migration to the next phases of CDMA2000 1xEV and beyond to all-IP."

"Ericsson has been a committed, local partner in China for more than 100 years and we are dedicated to support China Unicom to generate new revenue streams and bring advanced 3G services to their customers," said Jan Malm, President, Ericsson China. "With these additional CDMA2000 1X contracts, Ericsson further solidifies its market leadership in China."

Deployment in Liaoning and Jiangsu is currently in progress and the expected commercial launch is in Q3 2003.

Ericsson's total CDMA2000 solutions system includes: Ericsson's leading 800 MHz Compact Radio Base Stations, Base Station Controllers, Mobile Switching Centers, Home Location Registers, Network Management Systems and a full portfolio of services including training, network rollout and technical support. Nanjing Ericsson Panda Communications Company Ltd (ENC), an Ericsson joint venture in China, will deliver all Ericsson equipment and services for the new contracts.

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