Nokia has announced a brace of deals with Chinese operators worth a combined EUR2 billion (USD2.54 billion). The first, awarded by China Mobile, is valued at EUR580 million and involves the expansion of the cellco’s GSM/GPRS network. Under the frame agreement Nokia will supply GSM/GPRS radio and core network equipment including base stations and an MSC Server mobile softswitch. In addition it will provide professional services including network planning, implementation and care services for the network expansion. Deliveries have already started.
The second deal has been forged with China Postel Mobile Communication Equipment (China Postel), and will see the pair expand co-operation in the fields of ‘mobile terminal sales, distribution network development and overall resource sharing.’ Both parties have agreed to work closely to set up new sales channels for the operator’s low end products. Under the terms of the agreement it is expected that China Postel will purchase CNY15 billion (EUR1.5 billion) worth of mobile terminals from Nokia in full year 2006.