Nokia bags three GSM contracts

26 Aug 2003

Finnish equipment supplier Nokia has announced the signing of three major supply contracts to provide GSM equipment, in China, Hong Kong and the US. In China it has concluded a GSM expansion agreement worth over USD65 million with China Mobile subsidiary Jiangxi MCC to provide additional capacity and improved SMS text messaging services. Nokia’s other success in Asia saw it signing a deal with Hong Kong CSL to deploy EDGE on the cellco’s existing GSM/GPRS network. The deal is the latest in a long line of contracts between the two dating back to 1991 which include a recent agreement for Nokia to roll out CSL’s W-CDMA network. To complete the trio of contracts, the Finnish company has also inked a deal with US-based Viaero Wireless to be the sole supplier of its GSM network overlay to replace the American cellco’s existing CDMA network. Under the terms of the deal, Nokia will deliver and install GSM and GPRS core networks and EDGE-enabled radio equipment. Delivery has already begun and the network will be operational by the start of October 2003. Viaero Wireless has purchased PCS licences covering over 70,000 sq. miles of northeast Colorado and western and central Nebraska. It hopes to migrate all subscribers to the new network by the year end.