Ericsson in China awarded its first ENGINE commercial contract
Ericsson has been awarded a contract by Beijing Communication Corporation to build a new gateway for Beijing Communication's local fixed network. Ericsson will deliver its ENGINE gateway solution in the first commercial ENGINE contract ever awarded to Ericsson in China.
Under the contract, Ericsson will provide a total solution to Beijing Communication covering hardware, software and professional services. The solution will offer four nodes, supporting a total of about 600,000 trunks.
"Beijing Communication is committed to providing premium quality communication services to support Beijing's initiatives on 'informatization.' This contract is a very important step for this mission," said Zhao JiDong, Vice President of China Netcom Group and General Manager of Beijing Communication Corporation. "We believe that Ericsson's reliable systems and professional services will assist us to reach our aim."
Deliveries will begin in mid-October and the deployment is expected to be complete before the middle of 2004. Nanjing Ericsson Panda Communication Company Ltd., Ericsson's largest joint venture in China, will provide the equipment and Ericsson (China) Technology Service Co. Ltd. will provide professional services.
"We are honored to have been given the opportunity to support Beijing Communication in building a more modernized and optimized network," said Jan Malm, President of Ericsson China. "With Ericsson's cutting edge technology and global experience, we are fully committed to supporting Beijing Communication to further enhance its competitive edge and provide advanced telecom services for end users."
Ericsson began its cooperation with Beijing Communication in 1983 when Beijing Communication purchased Ericsson's AXE10 switch as China's first digital switch. For more than 20 years, Ericsson has maintained a solid strategic partnership with Beijing Communication.
Ericsson is shaping the future of Mobile and Broadband Internet communications through its continuous technology leadership. Providing innovative solutions in more than 140 countries, Ericsson is helping to create the most powerful communication companies in the world.
Beijing Communication Corporation, a subsidiary of China Netcom, is a facilities-based broadband telecommunications operator in China. The company provides a full spectrum of services and solutions to meet the broadband telecommunications needs of businesses and individuals. Its core business includes providing Internet broadband access and integrated telecom services to residential and corporate customers, and building the telecom infrastructure. Beijing Communication Corporation's comprehensive collection of telecom licenses, including the license to operate international gateways out of China, puts it in a peer group with incumbent operators such as China Telecom.
About Ericsson's ENGINE Softswitch Solution ENGINE softswitch solutions are multi-service network solutions provided by Ericsson to telecom operators. In a unified packet network, they are used to offer all the services in traditional telephony network, new multimedia services, as well as an open and flexible service network.
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