Ericsson Awarded GSM Expansion Contract in China

September 12, 2004 by Jeff Shepard

Ericsson (Sweden) announced that it has been awarded a US$150 million GSM network expansion contract by Shandong Mobile Communication Co. (China), in a move that further strengthens the long-term strategic partnership between Ericsson and Shandong Mobile.

Under the contract, Ericsson will supply Shandong Mobile with system equipment and telecom services to support Shandong Mobile's endeavors to upgrade the capacity and service quality of its GSM network. Ericsson will also introduce the latest AXE810 switching platform and relevant software to the current GSM network expansion, to lay a solid foundation for future smooth migration into a third-generation mobile communications network.

Planned to be finished by December this year, the expansion will help Shandong Mobile to achieve a total capacity of 18 million users for its network by the time of completion.