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Alcatel Awarded Contracts for Chinese GSM Expansion
Posted: 14-Aug-2002 [Source: Alcatel press release]

[Alcatel awarded contracts worth US$27M by subsidiaries of China Mobile to supply equipment for GSM network expansion.]

Alcatel announced that it has been awarded, through Alcatel Shanghai Bell, two separate GSM network expansion contracts worth over US$27million by Gansu Mobile and Jilin Mobile, two subsidiaries of China Mobile, the second largest mobile operator in the world.

Under the terms of these two contracts, Alcatel will supply, install and commission the industry-leading Evolium(tm) family of products, including base stations (BTS), home location register (HLR), base station controller (BSC), mobile switching center (MSC), and packet control unit (PCU) supporting a GPRS network.

This project representing Gansu Mobile's sixth GSM network expansion will further improve the network's capacity and reliability. When completed in October 2002, the total capacity of the Gansu GSM network will support over 2.1million subscribers. Alcatel Shanghai Bell's partnership with Gansu Mobile dates back to 1996.

In Jilin, an industrial province in China's north-east region, Alcatel will implement itsseventh GSM network expansion, bringing the network to a total capacity of 4.6 million subscribers covering all the cities and regions of Jilin province. The partnership between Alcatel and Jilin Mobile began back in 1995, when Alcatel Shanghai Bell built the Chinese operator's first GSM network.

Yao Shihong, General Manager of Gansu Mobile Communication Co., Ltd., declared, "We have really benefited from our long-term partnership with Alcatel Shanghai Bell, and continue to do so. Its advanced technologies and full attention to service help us meet all our customers demands for the latest mobile services."

Bai Yufa, General Manager of Jilin Mobile, added, "We have enjoyed a long-term co-operation with Alcatel Shanghai Bell, which is Jilin Mobile's biggest supplier. We sincerely hope Alcatel Shanghai Bell will continue to develop the most advanced technologies and products for this on-going win-win collaboration."

Jean-Herve Leger, Asia Pacific Vice President of Alcatel's Mobile Networks activities, also said, "We are very proud of our customers' continued trust in our products, as proven by their repeated orders. They are investing in a future-proof product, as our GSM networks and solutions also serve as platforms for seamless evolution to next generation mobile networks."

About Alcatel Shanghai Bell Alcatel Shanghai Bell is the first foreign-invested company limited by shares in the telecommunications sector in China, with Alcatel holding 50%+1 shares and Chinese shareholders holding the remainder. The multibillion dollar telecom technology leader delivers end-to-end telecommunications solutions and high-quality services, covering the fixed, mobile networking, broadband access, intelligent optical networking, multimedia solutions and network applications. It also has a key international R&D center with full access to Alcatel's global technology pool, developing original technology for use in China and export to Alcatel's customers worldwide. With 6,500 employees, an advanced manufacturing center, and the most extensive sales and support network in China, it is the only company capable of meeting the global needs of Chinese customers. For more information, visit Alcatel Shanghai Bell on the Internet at http://www.alcatel-sbell.com.cn/.

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