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  • China Unicom Earmarks US$361M to Expand Guangdong GSM Net
  • February 2, 1999 (GUANGZHOU, China) -- China Unicom said it will invest RMB3 billion (US$361 million) to expand the third phase of its GSM network in southern Guangdong Province.
    China Unicom is the country's second-largest telecommunications company.

    The main equipment for expanding the global system for mobile network project will be supplied by Motorola Inc. of the United States and Siemens AG of Germany. The Chinese company and Motorola signed a recent agreement.

    The third phase of expansion includes building and renovating 16 switching centers and 676 new base stations. The second phase of expansion was completed in 1998.

    The capacity of China Unicom's GSM network in Guangdong will increase from 760,000 lines to 1.16 million lines by the end of this year, according to a company official.

    Currently, China Unicom's GSM network has a total of over 1.5 million mobile phone subscribers, including 350,000 in Guangdong.

    (Xinhua News Agency)

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    Updated: Mon Feb 1 15:18:12 1999 PDT