Thursday, May 18, 2006

Nokia Wins GSM Expansion Deal With Sichuan Unicom

Nokia was awarded a GSM network expansion deal with Sichuan Unicom, a subsidiary of China Unicom. The agreement is Nokia's first with Sichuan Unicom and marks a significant milestone for Nokia in entering the GSM market in Sichuan and West China. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Nokia will deploy its GSM radio and core networks, including the Nokia MSC Server mobile softswitch, in 4 cities in the Sichuan Province. Nokia also provides an extensive range of services, including network planning, optimization and rollout services. Deliveries have started and the network expansion will be fully operational by August 2006. The agreement is another significant milestone for Nokia in Sichuan following the Chengdu R&D Center expansion, announced in April 2006.