Ericsson has reported good news for its Asia Pacific operations with the clinching of a GSM/GPRS network expansion deal for the Sichuan Mobile Communication Company in China. The contract is worth approximately $143 million.
The terms of the agreement also involve the expansion of the Mobile Intelligence Network (MIN), enabling Sichuan Mobile to provide intelligent services including pre-paid services, private numbers, and private virtual networks. Furthermore, as a result of this agreement GPRS functionality will be extended to the entire network.
Equipment and service for this project will be provided by the Swedish giant’s Chinese units, Nanjing Ericsson Panda Communication and Dalian Ericsson Communication.
Ericsson first began working with Sichuan Mobile back in 1993, when it built the analog mobile network for the province. This latest expansion project in Sichuan Province is expected to be completed in June 2002, raising the capacity of the dual band network provided by Ericsson to 4.2 million subscribers.