Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) has been selected by China Unicom to upgrade its GSM network across six provinces and give end users enhanced data services. The framework agreement further increases Ericsson's GSM market share with China Unicom.
Under this framework agreement, Ericsson will deploy its Mobile Softswitch Solution to provide capacity for an additional 4 million people, covering major cities in the provinces of Jilin, Henan, Jiangsu, Yunnan, Hainan and Liaoning. Delivery of equipment has already started.
The upgraded infrastructure will enable China Unicom to meet its customers' needs for increased capacity and greater access to data services. It will also allow the operator to evolve to an all-IP network.

Mats H Olsson, President, Ericsson Greater China, says: "Ericsson's leading position in system performance, project management and time-to-market has been key in securing this major framework agreement. We are committed to supporting China Unicom in constantly evolving its network with our latest technology, and we are confident that our proven Mobile Softswitch Solution will allow it to further enhance its service offerings to end users."

The award of this framework agreement further strengths the partnership between Ericsson and China Unicom. Recently, Ericsson has also been selected as a major supplier of GPRS Core systems by the operator to upgrade its networks in eight provinces, including Jilin, Henan, Jiangsu, Hubei, Anhui, Sichuan, Yunnan and Hainan.

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Ericsson is the leading provider of softswitch solutions for both mobile and wireline networks.  Ericsson's solutions are commercially proven and fully standards-compliant, offering efficient and low-risk evolution of existing circuit-switched networks to a telecom-quality, IP-based service platform. Ericsson solutions use network resources in the most cost-efficient way to provide both classic telephony and next-generation services. More than 180 fixed and mobile operators worldwide have commercially launched services based on Ericsson's softswitch solutions.
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