Nokia to supply wireless LAN kit to Nanjing

Nokia Corp. has signed an agreement to supply equipment for wireless LANs to Nanjing Telecom Ltd., a division of China Telecom Ltd., the Finnish company announced Monday.

Nokia will supply the access points and Wireless LAN cards to enable Nanjing Telecom to build a wireless LAN in what it calls a public access zone in the Nanjing International Exhibition Center, Nokia said in a statement. Financial details for the agreement were not disclosed.

The wireless service will initially be offered by Nanjing Telecom to corporations, hotels, transportation centers and airports, for such services as recognition, authentication and billing, Nokia said.

The deal with Nanjing Telecom -- which is in the Jiangsu province and has a population of about 5.4 million people -- is part of a wider effort by the company to strengthen its corporate ties with China, the company said. With over 20 offices, eight joint ventures and more than 5,500 employees in China, Nokia has already invested over US$1.7 billion in establishing a presence in the Chinese wireless telecommunication market, Nokia said.

Nokia is not the only international company that has recently signed deals with China Telecom. In May, Cisco Systems Inc. announced it had a deal to provide 500 of its 12000 and 12400 series Internet routers over the next year to the Chinese company in an effort to expand Internet service to 300 cities in China.

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