Both Ericsson and Siemens have signed agreements to be main suppliers of H3G's UMTS network. H3G wants to have its UMTS network in commercial operation by late summer of 2002.
The Siemens Information and Communication Mobile (IC Mobile) Group in cooperation with NEC will supply and install turnkey UMTS technology for H3G, a subsidiary of Hutchison Whampoa Ltd., Hong Kong.
IC Mobile will supply the first components of the mobile radio network in the fourth quarter of 2001. The agreement includes 4,000 base stations and turn key installation of Third Generation (3G) mobile telephony and services, which covers more than half of the total H3G network. Siemens will also supply the microwave interconnections for the network.
The Ericsson agreement entails turnkey supply of the complete Core Network and a major part of the Radio Access Network, including Base Stations and Base Station Controllers, as well as the creation of a 3G-services development lab in Milan in collaboration with H3G.
The UMTS network for H3G will be built according to WCDMA, which is the globally dominating standard for 3G.
"Following our 3G agreement with Hutchison in Australia, we have now signed up with Hi3G Sweden as well as H3G Italy," said Kinson Loo,
Ericsson's Managing Director for Hutchison Global Account.
Hutchison and Siemens IC Mobile already cooperate on UMTS. In March of this year, the partnership between Siemens and NEC resulted in a supply contract for Hutchinson's 3G network in the UK.