Ericsson has been awarded a USD 805 million contract by Guangdong Mobile Communication Corporation Limited (Guangdong Mobile) to expand its GSM network in Guangdong Province, China.

According to the contract Ericsson provides the infrastructure and equipment, including hardware and software, for expansion of Guangdong Mobile's GSM network. Delivery of equipment has already started early this year and the implementation of the contract will be completed by the end of March 2005. After this expansion, the capacity of Guangdong Mobile's GSM network will reach 54 million subscribers.


"We are very honored to be awarded  this GSM expansion contract by Guangdong Mobile, bringing our partnership to an even higher level," said Mats H. Olsson, president Ericsson China. "We already have a well-established presence in Guangdong Province, and with our increasing efforts and investments in setting up a new mobile data applications development center in Guangzhou, we will fully leverage our experience and expertise in mature and sophisticated mobile markets and provide tailor-made solutions to our customers in China."


As the largest provincial communications company in China with over 30 million mobile subscribers, Guangdong Mobile is committed to building an advanced and cost-effective GSM network that meets the needs of their users.


As one of Guangdong Mobile's most important strategic partners, Ericsson has been supporting Guangdong Mobile through the years with advanced and reliable solutions and services. As the primary GSM/GPRS network equipment supplier, Ericsson has cooperated with Guangdong Mobile since 1987. In addition to supplying network equipment, Ericsson also provides professional services and network-related total solutions to Guangdong Mobile to meet the needs of its rapidly growing business.


Ericsson is shaping the future of Mobile and Broadband Internet communications through its continuous technology leadership. Providing innovative solutions in more than 140 countries, Ericsson is helping to create the most powerful communication companies in the world.
 
 
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Peter Olofsson, Group Function Communications
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Tu Min, Communications, Ericsson China
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About Guangdong Mobile Communication Corporation Limited
Guangdong Mobile Communication Corporation Limited (Guangdong Mobile), established in January 1998, is now a whole-owned subsidiary of China Mobile HK Holdings, which is listed both on the Hong Kong and New York Stock Exchanges. Guangdong Mobile is the largest mobile communication operator in Guangdong Province. With network across the whole province, currently Guangdong Mobile has over 30 million mobile users.