Ericsson announced today that it has signed a USD 50 million GSM network expansion contract with Hebei Mobile Communication Co., Limited. (Hebei Mobile) in Hebei Province, China. Under the contract, Ericsson will provide Hebei Mobile with network equipment and professional services. The contract will further enhance the strategic partnership between Ericsson and Hebei Mobile.

"As the major mobile communications service provider in Hebei province, Hebei Mobile is always committed to accelerating the construction of mobile communications infrastructure and the development of the mobile communications industry in Hebei province.  This requires high quality network equipment and services," says Mr. Zhang Liande, General Manager of Hebei Mobile. "As one of our most important strategic partners, Ericsson has started helping us build an advanced communications network since 1987. With the rapid growth of our business, we expect this expansion will enable our GSM/GPRS network to support more new high-speed applications and services, and further strengthen our competitiveness."


"As the global leading provider of mobile communications solutions, Ericsson has come into partnership with Hebei Mobile from the very beginning of the mobile communication age in China, and has enjoyed comprehensive cooperation with Hebei Mobile in many areas," says Mats H. Olsson, President of Ericsson China, when attending the contract signing ceremony in Hebei Province, "We are very honored to be chosen once again to provide equipment and services to the on-going GSM/GPRS network expansion as Hebei Mobile continues to expand services offerings. With our increasing efforts to develop tailor made solutions for our local customers and further strengthened local support capabilities, we can better support Hebei Mobile and meet the specific needs of the market."


In 1987, Ericsson started its cooperation with Hebei Mobile by supplying Hebei Province's first mobile communications system, an analog TACS system. In 1995, Ericsson helped Hebei Mobile build its first GSM network. In 2001, Ericsson deployed GPRS and Intelligent Network in Hebei Province and signed an agreement to provide its carrier-class Packet Backbone Network. In 2004 Ericsson started to provide Hebei Mobile with systems and solutions in GPRS, LMDS, Mini-Link and TEMS.


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About Hebei Mobile
Hebei Mobile Communication Co., Limited. (Hebei Mobile) was established in August 1999 as a regional subsidiary of China Mobile Communications Corporation (China Mobile). Hebei Mobile was listed both on Hong Kong and New York Stock Exchanges in November 2002 and become one of the 21 wholly owned branches of China Mobile HK Holdings. Hebei Mobile is the major mobile telecom service provider in Hebei Province.