Ericsson supplies its total CDMA2000 1X network solution to China Unicom in the 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.
 
"Ericsson is dedicated to supporting China Unicom as they bring advanced wireless services to their customers," said Åke Persson, president of Ericsson Mobile Systems CDMA. "We are honored to continue to expand China Unicom's network and help them successfully grow their networks while generating new revenue streams."


Deployment has already begun and commercial launch is expected during first quarter 2004.


"China offers one of the largest opportunities for wireless telecommunications in Asia," said Jan Malm, president of Ericsson China. "As a committed, local partner in China for more than 100 years, Ericsson is honored to be part of this high-growth market and continues to support China Unicom in bringing advanced wireless services to their customers."


The contract includes Ericsson's total CDMA2000 solution for core and radio network equipment 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.