China Mobile and China Unicom have signed frame agreements to continue purchasing GSM, W-CDMA and TD-SCDMA mobile network equipment and solutions from Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN). The agreements reinforce the vendor’s ties with the two Chinese operators, which signed similar agreements last year as part of the China-Europe Purchasing delegation. ‘We are gratified that two of the world’s fastest growing mobile operators continue to place their faith in us,’ said Zhang Zhiqiang, president of the Greater China Region at NSN. ‘Undoubtedly, our well proven capabilities in deploying GSM, W-CDMA, TD-SCDMA and LTE networks – and the pioneering steps we have taken in next generation TD-LTE technology – have played a vital role in establishing us as the vendor of choice for these two leading operators.’
Under the scope of the current agreements, China Mobile plans to purchase NSN’s GSM and TD-SCDMA network equipment, and its IP Multimedia Subsystem solution. China Unicom, on the other hand, will source NSN’s GSM and W-CDMA equipment, as well as its HSPA solution, while continuing to purchase the company’s unique ‘direct tunnel’ packet core technology.