China Unicom has awarded Nortel Networks contracts worth $270 million to expand GSM networks in Zhejiang, Hunan, Shanxi, Ningxia, Henan, Xinjiang and Shandong provinces as well as Chongqing municipality.
These expansions, expected to be in service by the end of this year, will establish a foundation for high-performance wireless Internet across China.
The expansions will increase the capacity of China Unicom GSM subscribers from an estimated 7.1 million up to 11.6 million. In the People’s Republic of China, Nortel has won wireless network awards in 17 of 31 provinces.
The Nortel solution for China Unicom will feature fractional frequency re-use capability, which can triple GSM base station capacity. It will also position China Unicom to offer prepaid intelligent network services.
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