Nokia wins packet core network expansion contract with Guangdong MCC in China

Agreement makes Nokia the leading GPRS network provider in the Guangdong province

(PresseBox) ( Espoo, )
Nokia, a leading mobile network supplier in China, announced today that it has signed a GPRS packet core network expansion contract with Guangdong Mobile Communications Corporation Ltd. (Guangdong MCC). Nokia will provide its intelligent GPRS packet core solution for the 8th GPRS expansion of Guangdong MCC and will thus become the leading GPRS network provider in the province.

Under the contract, Nokia will supply Guangdong MCC with its complete Nokia GPRS packet core solution, consisting of Nokia Serving GPRS Support Node (SGSN), Nokia Flexi Intelligent Service Node, and the Nokia Charging Gateway. The solution supports the state-of-the-art content charging functionality, and provides an easy migration path to Nokia Combi SGSN as the 3G access support capability can be achieved with simple memory and interface upgrades. The network will be supported by the multivendor, multitechnology Nokia NetAct(TM) network and service management system, including Nokia NetAct(TM) Traffica. Nokia will also provide network planning, implementation and integration services. Deliveries have started and the network will be serving more than 11 million data subscribers in the Eastern Guangdong province, expanded from Shenzhen to include DongGuan and Huizhou, in December 2006.

"We are very pleased to strengthen our cooperation with Nokia as our total solution provider," said Xu Long, General Manager, Guangdong Mobile Communications Corporation Ltd. "Nokia's high quality and top performing GPRS solution not only supports our large capacity network operation, but also provides accurate content charging which is critical for improving the user experience and loyalty as well as for increasing the revenue for operators."

"It is our great pleasure to work closely with Guangdong MCC, the largest provincial mobile operator in China," said James Lin, Vice President, Networks, Nokia China. "Nokia's innovative GPRS solution enables the operator to meet the increasing needs of data service in the province and offer their subscribers a smooth migration path to 3G and All-IP services in the future."

Nokia's cooperation with Guangdong MCC started in 2001 when Nokia provided Guangdong MCC with its WAP and GPRS equipments. Through the 8th GPRS network expansion, Nokia became the leading GPRS network provider for Guangdong MCC. The recent signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Nokia and Guangdong Provincial Government in October in Finland enhances Nokia's role in the information industry development of Guangdong province.

Nokia leads the 3GPP compliant mobile softswitch market in China and is a leading GSM network supplier in the Chinese market with over 20 provincial customers.

About Guangdong MCC
Guangdong MCC is one of the wholly owned subsidiaries of China Mobile (HK) Limited and the largest provincial mobile operator in China. Guangdong MCC launched China's first mobile telephone service in 1987. Guangdong MCC had achieved over 50 million mobile subscribers by the end of 2005. Besides mobile voice services, Guangdong MCC also provides a wide range of value added mobile services such as mobile banking, ringback tones etc.
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