Ericsson has signed a frame agreement with Chinese operator Guangxi Mobile Communications Company Limited (Guangxi Mobile) for the Phase 10 GSM Expansion in 2005. The total value of the agreement is estimated to be USD 62 million.

Nanjing Ericsson Panda Communications Company Ltd, Ericsson's largest joint venture in China, will supply the equipment under the agreement. The expansion is scheduled to be completed by September 2005.


"With our cooperation with Ericsson, we will be able to further enhance the coverage and capacity of our networks," said Chen Dexing, General Manager of Guangxi Mobile. "This will allow us to effectively address the growing demands of the end users, and provide a solid platform for us to launch a series of enriched, value-added services."


"This agreement further strengthens our long-term partnership with Guangxi Mobile," said Mats H Olsson, President, Ericsson Greater China. "As the major provider of GSM/GPRS equipment for the Guangxi region, we have been committed to providing Guangxi Mobile with our innovative, future-proof technologies and solutions, to support them in continuously growing their business and delivering new, premium services to the consumers in the region."


Ericsson's presence in Guangxi dates back to 1991 when the company helped to deploy a TACS network. Over the past 14 years, the partnership between Ericsson and Guangxi Mobile has been continuously strengthened on the basis of jointly building a world-class mobile network.
 
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