Nokia Signs Contract to Further GSM Network Expansion in China
Dec 19, 2003
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Nokia has signed a U.S. $125-million contract for the expansion of GSM network of Henan Mobile Communications Corporation Ltd., a subsidiary of China Mobile (HK) Limited. The operator's subscriber capacity will exceed 10 million after this expansion.

Deliveries of the full Nokia GSM core and radio access network infrastructure and Nokia's network and service management system, Nokia NetAct(TM), have already begun. In addition to care services, Nokia will provide an extensive range of radio and core GPRS optimization services, software maintenance service, consultative support, and implementation service. The expanded network is expected to be fully operational during the first half of 2004.

"This expansion agreement further underlines our strategic cooperation with Henan MCC, as well as Nokia's commitment to mobility in China, a major growth market for mobile services," said David Ho, senior vice president of Nokia Networks, China. "At Nokia, our target is to grow the global market for mobile services to 2 billion subscribers in 2008. We know that China will play a very large role in reaching that milestone."

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