Ericsson has signed framework agreements on 2G/3G mobile communication equipment and related services with China Mobile and China Unicom, valued at USD1 billion and USD700 million respectively. China Mobile and China Unicom were awarded 3G licences based on the TD-SCDMA and W-CDMA standards respectively at the beginning of 2009. The newly signed contracts will allow both operators to further improve the capacity and performance of their 2G networks and accelerate the initial build-up of their 3G networks.
Under the framework agreement signed between Ericsson and China Mobile, Ericsson will continue to deliver green solutions to support China Mobile’s network energy optimisation and CO2 emission reduction target. Ericsson will also expand its GSM/GPRS network coverage and capacity in 18 provinces across the People’s Republic. In addition, Ericsson will provide a ‘wide range’ of TD-SCDMA products and solutions.
The deal with China Unicom will see Ericsson not only become the main supplier to upgrade China Unicom’s GSM networks in ten provinces, but also provide the operator with W-CDMA core network and/or wireless access systems in 15 provinces, including transmission, IP and value-added service platforms.