6/1/2004 - Ericsson has signed a GSM/GPRS expansion contract, including equipment that supports the latest version of GPRS and EDGE, with Jiangsu Mobile Communication Co., Ltd. (Jiangsu Mobile). The value of the contract is USD 58 million. Under this expansion contract, Ericsson will provide Jiangsu Mobile with infrastructure solutions, solutions and services.
Ericsson will provide its latest technologies for high-speed data communication and multi-media services. The expansion also paves the way for a smooth transition to introduce 3G capacities. Ericsson will also provide comprehensive and tailor-made services to enhance the communication quality of Jiangsu Mobile's existing network. The services include engineering service, network support, network optimization, technical and management training. The expansion project is expected to be completed by the end of 2004.
"Jiangsu Mobile is always committed to building advanced mobile communication network and provide quality mobile communication services. Currently we have over 12 million subscribers, and our revenue in 2003 reached USD 1.43 billion," said Wang Jian, General Manager of Jiangsu Mobile, "This expansion supported by Ericsson will increase our network capacity in southern Jiangsu Province to 10.91 million lines. This will meet the needs of the market development and enables us to provide more value-added services and application to our users. We are confident that this cooperation with Ericsson will play an active role in driving the further development of Jiangsu Province."
"As a long-term strategic partner to Jiangsu Mobile, Ericsson is always committed to providing leading products and services," said Robert J. Parris, Executive Vice President of Ericsson China and General Manager of Region Central, "We are extremely pleased to see the continued fast growth of our customer's subscription and services, and are very honored to be chosen by Jiangsu Mobile for this prestigious project. Using Ericsson's advanced technologies in GPRS/EDGE, the contract provides a sound foundation for the new advanced GPRS services Jiangsu Mobile plan to establish."
Ericsson's cooperation with Jiangsu Mobile began in 1992. Ericsson is now the largest mobile network supplier to Jiangsu Mobile.
The equipment will be supplied by Nanjing Ericsson Panda Communications Company, Ltd. (ENC), Ericsson's largest joint venture in China and one of Ericsson's global supply hubs for the Asia-Pacific region.
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About Jiangsu Mobile
China Mobile Communications Corporation (China Mobile), listed in Hong Kong and New York Stock Exchanges, is the country's largest mobile carrier, with a total of 177 million mobile subscribers by the end of 2003. One of the 21 wholly owned subsidiaries of China Mobile, Jiangsu Mobile Communication Co., Ltd. (Jiangsu Mobile) has a total of over 12 million GSM subscribers in the province.
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