Ericsson has announced that it has signed 2G/3G frame agreements with China Mobile and China Unicom worth USD1.8 billion. Mats H Olsson, head of Ericsson Greater China, said: ‘The signing of the significant frame agreements is a manifestation of our continued strong cooperation with our Chinese customers. We are confident that we will do an even better job in supplying the latest technology and best-in-class services in time to support Chinese operators in fulfilling the demand of this tremendous market growth’.
Under the agreement with China Mobile, Ericsson will provide a radio access network including a multi-standard radio base station RBS 6000 and mobile soft-switching technology, which will drastically boost the capacity of the network and evolve it into an IP network. With such solutions, Ericsson will also help China Mobile to achieve their energy saving goals. The framework contract is worth USD1 billion and will be implemented during 2010.
The agreement with China Unicom calls on Ericsson to provide a faster 3G network with HSPA Evolution technology to secure higher speed and better user experience for consumers. In addition, Ericsson will further expand cooperation with China Unicom in the area of IP and broadband, supplying IP routers, fibre access technologies GPON and 40G WDM as well as IP multimedia subsystem (IMS). The framework contract is worth USD800 million and will also be implemented during 2010.