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  • Nokia Signs US$200M Network Contract in Zhejiang, China
  • July 28, 1998 (HONG KONG) -- Nokia of Finland signed a US$200 million contract with Zhejiang Mobile Communications Co., Ltd. (ZMCC) to provide the fourth expansion of ZMCC's GSM 900 network in Zhejiang Province, China.
    Since 1995, Nokia and ZMCC have worked together in three phases to build Zhejiang's global system for mobile (GSM) network to its current level of more than one million subscribers.

    The fourth expansion will enable ZMCC to further increase its network capacity and provide value-added communications services to its subscribers.

    The project will cover the Wenzhou, Ningbo and Taizhou areas of the province.

    It includes Nokia's high-capacity mobile switching centers, home location registers, base station controllers and base stations.

    Nokia will provide NMS/2000 equipment, as well as customer services, including installation, network planning, training and technical support.

    Nokia also announced plans to build a new manufacturing plant, the Nokia (Suzhou) Telecommunications Co., Ltd., in Suzhou Industrial Park in Jiangsu Province.

    Wholly-owned by Nokia, the new plant will produce GSM base stations and cellular network transmission products that will be shipped to customers in Asia. It will start deliveries in 1999 and have a staff of 300 in the first phase.

    Currently, Nokia has six production sites in China covering telecommunications infrastructure and mobile phone products as well as after-sales service operations.

    (Eleanor Yeung, Staff Correspondent)

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    Updated: Mon Jul 27 18:09:20 1998