Ericsson Provides In-Building Solutions for China's National Grand Theatre

7/29/2004 - Ericsson has been awarded a contract by Beijing Communication Corporation, a subsidiary of China Netcom Corporation (CNC), to provide In-Building Solutions (IBS) for the new National Grand Theatre in China. Under the contract, Ericsson will provide full services including project management, network design, installation, testing, operation and maintenance, as well as hardware and software for the in-building solution of the National Grand Theatre.

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, CDMA800, 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.

Ericsson is shaping the future of Mobile and Broadband Internet communications through its continuous technology leadership. Providing innovative solutions in more than 140 countries, Ericsson is helping to create the most powerful communication companies in the world.

About Ericsson IBS
Ericsson has been helping mobile operators realize new revenue streams from in-building networks since 1993. Our vast experience includes thousands of buildings, ranging from small office buildings to large high-rise skyscrapers across the globe. Ericsson has staff dedicated entirely to in-building solutions who are able to develop end-to-end solutions for a broad range of wireless technology and provide industry-leading knowledge in this sector. Ericsson offers complete in-building design and integration services, using components of the best quality to make sure you get the best solution for your needs.

About China Netcom Corporation Limited
China Netcom Corporation Limited (CNC), founded in August 1999, is a facilities-based broadband telecommunications operator in China. The Company provides a full spectrum of services and solutions to meet the broadband telecommunications needs of businesses and individuals. Its core business includes providing Internet broadband access and integrated telecom services to individuals and corporate customers. Its comprehensive collection of telecom licenses, including the license to operate international gateways out of China, puts it in peer with incumbent operators such as China Telecom.

About the National Grand Theatre
The National Grand Theatre project was kicked off on December 13, 2001, and is to be completed by 2004. Upon completion, it will be China's top art performance center, covering a total floor space of around 180,000 square meters, including 130,000 square meters for the main building and 50,000 square meters underground facilities. It is composed of opera hall, music hall, drama hall, small theater and corresponding facilities to meet the needs of various art styles.

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