Ericsson has finalised a number of major GSM expansion contracts with China Mobile Communications Corporation (China Mobile) during the first half of 2006. Collectively worth more than USD550 million, the contracts cover expansion projects in 17 regions and will provide China Mobile with core and radio networks, along with related technical support and services. Ericsson will also deploy its Mobile Softswitch Solution. The expansion projects will not only allow China Mobile to boost network capacity while enhancing operational efficiency and cutting costs, but also take an important step in realising future network evolution. Upon completion of the projects, the Ericsson-supplied network equipment will be able to support up to 200 million subscribers across the 17 regions. Deliveries of the contracts have already started.