Ericsson today announced additional CDMA2000 1X infrastructure expansion contracts with China Unicom for approximately USD 90 million. The contracts cover Jiangsu, Yunnan, Heilongjiang and Liaoning provinces. Ericsson also announced expansion in Sichuan Province earlier this year.

The contracts include Ericsson's total CDMA2000 1X solution for core and radio network equipment and a full portfolio of services including training, network rollout and technical support. All these expansions include Ericsson's radio base station 1140 and 1143, which are part of the Expander portfolio designed to provide cost-effective solutions for high growth markets.


Nanjing Ericsson Panda Communications Company Ltd. (ENC), the largest Ericsson joint venture in China, is delivering all Ericsson equipment for the new contracts. Deployment for the expansions has already been completed and commercial launches are currently underway. 


"China is truly a key player in the telecommunications market, offering one of the fastest growing opportunities in the world," said Mats H. Olsson, President of Ericsson China. "With our global experience and expertise, together with our well-established local presence and in-depth understanding of the Chinese telecom industry, we are fully prepared to further support China Unicom in their continued efforts to bring the newest and most advanced mobile services to their customers."


"China Unicom is one of the top five CDMA operators in the world and Ericsson is honoured to have been their partner as they have rolled out their CDMA2000 1X network," said Mats Granryd, President of Ericsson Mobile Systems CDMA. "We will continue to support China Unicom as they steer industry growth and advancement."


Ericsson 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.


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About China Unicom
China Unicom was established in July 1994 and listed on the Hong Kong and New York stock markets in June 2000. China Unicom is China's second largest mobile communication operator with over 100 million mobile subscribers for its CDMA and GSM networks. China Unicom is now the country's only fully licensed telecom operator, providing a full range of telecom services such as domestic and international long-distance call service, mobile phone and data/IP network communications.


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