Nortel Networks to build new data networks for China Mobile in Shanghai, Zhejiang

September 4, 2002--China Mobile, the largest wireless carrier in the People's Republic of China, has selected an Optical Ethernet solution from Nortel Networks as the platform for new data-communications networks in metropolitan Shanghai and Zhejiang province.

China Mobile, the largest wireless carrier in the People's Republic of China, has selected an Optical Ethernet solution from Nortel Networks as the platform for new data-communications networks in metropolitan Shanghai and Zhejiang province. Nortel Networks' solution will also enable the two China Mobile branches to implement storage area networking, business continuity, and disaster recovery services to support wireless subscribers.

Leveraging the Optical Ethernet capabilities of Nortel Networks metropolitan optical portfolio, the Shanghai network will support real-time, mission-critical data applications, including Shanghai Mobile's evolving Business Operation Support System (BOSS), billing and network management.

To meet Zhejiang Mobile's BOSS requirements and provide new data services, the agreement provides that Nortel Networks will expand the wireless carrier's existing data network by building four Resilient Packet Rings (RPRs) across an OPTera Metro SDH platform connecting Hangzhou, the Zhejiang capital, with 11 cities province-wide. Zhejiang Mobile will also deploy Nortel Networks' Passport 8600 routing switches for customer aggregation and to extend Ethernet from the RPR infrastructure to customer premises.

"China Mobile's strategic deployment of Optical Ethernet-based data-communications network infrastructures in the city of Shanghai and across Zhejiang province will position these branches to reduce operational costs and enhance profitability," contends Robert Mao, president and chief executive officer, Nortel Networks China.

At the core of Nortel Networks solution for China Mobile are Nortel Networks OPTera Metro 5200 and OPTera Metro 3500 multiservice platforms.

Nortel Networks already provides GSM digital (radio access and core switching) infrastructure equipment for China Mobile's wireless network covering eight provinces, including Hebei, Shaanxi, Tianjin, Xinjiang, Guizhou, Anhui, Liaoning, and Hunan.

For more information about China Mobile (Beijing), visit the carrier's Web site at www.chinamobile.com. Additional information about Nortel Networks (Ottawa, Ontario) can be found on the Web at www.nortelnetworks.com.

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