China Unicom Guangdong Branch inked a strategic cooperation framework agreement with the Huizhou government.
A number of government officials and the general manager of Guangdong Unicom attended the signing ceremony. Li Xuanmin, vice mayor of Huizhou, and Liao Jianqiang, deputy general manager of Guangdong Unicom signed on the agreement.
Under the agreement, Guangdong Unicom will input more than CNY 2 billion into Huizhou in the coming five years, in an attempt to push the southern Chinese city's informationization construction.
The two parties will join hands on eight fields, such as information infrastructure construction, e-government, e-commerce, public information services, telecommunications infrastructure equipment co-building & sharing, and wireless broadband city cluster construction in the Pearl River Delta.
The cooperation will be beneficial to the city's industry upgrade, modern information industry system establishment, and economy stable growth, noted Li Ruqiu, major of Huizhou.
Guangdong Unicom has been always considering Huizhou as an important strategic partner. It will spend CNY 350 million on 2G and 3G networks in the city this year. By now, Guangdong Unicom has initiated 3G trial commercial services in six major cities, such as Guangzhou, Shenzhen, and Dongguan. Moreover, it is to kick off WCDMA trial commercial services in major rural areas of Huizhou on July 19.
Treading on the heels of China Mobile and China Telecom, China Unicom also clinched a strategic cooperation framework agreement with the government of Guangdong Province to invest as much as CNY 35 billion in the province in the coming five years.
The money will go to telecom infrastructures projects, e-government, e-commerce, information technology industry, wireless broadband networks, rural IT projects, public information platforms, and telecom information-sharing projects.
As the biggest two rivals of China Unicom, China Telecom and China Mobile signed similar agreements with the provincial government in late April and early May to improve their telecom infrastructures there.
In addition, China Unicom also brews to pour CNY 40 billion into Henan Province and CNY 10 billion into the Guangxi Autonomous Region in the future five years.
The money planned for Henan will be used for information telecommunications infrastructure construction, particularly 3G network construction, the broadband network coverage enlargement, network performance improvement, and network structure optimization.
In 2009, the telecom carrier will invest CNY 3 billion in Henan in a bid to build 1,863 WCDMA base stations and drive the total number of base stations across the province to over 7,000 before the yearend.
Source from: Sina News