MANHASSET, N.Y. Wireless phone and networks supplier Nokia Inc. has signed a GSM expansion deal with Sichuan Unicom, a subsidiary of China Unicom, enabling Nokia for the first time to penetrate the Sichuan and West China regions.
Under the agreement, Nokia (Espoo, Finland) will deploy its GSMA radio and core networks, including the Nokia MSC Server mobile softswitch, in four cities in Sichuan Province. The company expects the network expansion to be operational by August.
Nokia announced an expansion of its Chengdu R&D center in April.
"We are extremely delighted with our progress in the GSM business and deepening cooperation with mobile operators in China," said Yuan Wei, vice president, China Area, Networks, Nokia, in a statement. "The mobile market and the number of subscribers in China are growing fast and steadily. With our global experience and strong end-to-end localization commitment, we support mobile operators in bringing state-of-the-art mobile services to their customers."
Nokia is considered one of the largest exporters in the Chinese mobile telecom market, with six R&D units, four manufacturing sites, and widespread operations in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan. Over 6,000 Nokia employees are stationed in China.