The successful deployment of Ericsson's IBS solutions in the National Grand Theatre will enable its visitors and audience to enjoy a superior seamless and high-quality communications coverage, such as smooth mobile phone calls and high-speed WLAN Internet accesses. It will also lay a solid foundation for the theatre's in-building communications networks to migrate smoothly to 3G networks in the future.

This is one of the world's most complex IBS system ever built, as it will incorporate six different technologies including Trunking Radio, CDMA2000, GSM900, GSM1800, PHS, and WCDMA. It is also the first IBS contract that Ericsson has received in China. The National Grand Theatre contract will further strengthen Ericsson's worldwide leadership in in-building communications solutions.

CNC Beijing is the main communications contractor of the National Grand Theatre. Ericsson will work closely with CNC Beijing to provide complete in-building communications solutions for the project. The project implementation will start in mid-August, and is expected to be completed in the first half of 2005.

"We are thrilled to win our first IBS contract in China and to provide Ericsson's world leading in-building solutions to CNC Beijing for the prestigious project of China's National Grand Theatre," said Mats H. Olsson, President of Ericsson China. "We are very proud to facilitate the theatre with seamless and high-quality in-building communications capabilities. Despite the challenges that lie ahead, we are confident that our strength and experience in all mobile technologies and in project management will ensure a successful and timely implementation of the contract."

Ericsson provides a complete range of global leading in-building communications systems, including design and integration services. Since 1993, Ericsson has deployed more than 5,000 in-building solutions in office buildings, airports, shopping complexes, grand theatres and high-rise buildings worldwide.