June 15, 2001 in Social Responsibility News

First Shipment of SAMSUNG CDMA Equipment Arrives in China

SEOUL, Korea # June 15, 2001 # Samsung Electronics held a ceremony at Gumi plant on June 15 to celebrate the first shipment of CDMA equipment to China Unicom. The ceremony was attended by senior Samsung executives, including Vice-chairman and CEO Jong-Yong Yun, Information & Communications Business President Ki-Tae Lee , and Network Division Executive Vice President & General Manager Ho-Moon Kang; Chinese Embassy Counselor Tang Shu; and the CEOs of Samsung suppliers such as Dongah Elecomm Chairman Kun-Soo Lee.
This initial shipment of 536 base stations will be installed in China’s Hebei and Tianjin regions. A second shipment, which will leave Korea next week, is bound for Shanghai and Fujian Provinces. By this October, a commercial CDMA network spanning four major areas along China’s East Coast is scheduled to be in operation.
This shipment of Korean-made CDMA equipment to China is the first tangible result of cooperative efforts at both the government and civilian levels. It is expected to pave the way for more Korean companies to enter the Chinese CDMA market.
Prospects are particularly bright for sales of CDMA mobile phones, with the start of commercial CDMA mobile services later this year. Indeed, Korean manufacturers are eagerly anticipating their participation in this enormous new market which is growing so rapidly.
According to Samsung Electronics Vice-chairman & CEO Jong-Yong Yun, “The reason that Samsung Electronics is competing head to head with the world’s leading telecommunications companies in China is that we are recognized for having the world’s best CDMA technology. We will also play a leading role in the upcoming 3G cdma2000-1x project in China. We aim to let the Chinese mainland know about the excellence of our CDMA systems and handsets.”
Samsung Electronics has been involved in the Chinese CDMA equipment market since 1997. In April of this year, Samsung was selected in a tender by China Unicom to supply enough CDMA hardware to accommodate 1.13 million subscribers in four major high-growth regions along China’s East Coast.
Samsung Electronics is working hard to ensure that China Unicom’s commercial CDMA service begins on schedule this October. At the same time, the company will take part in a test project for cdma2000-1x in the second half of this year.
About Samsung Electronics
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductors, the consumer electronics industry, and digital convergence technology. With year 2000 sales of US $27 billion, Samsung employs approximately 66,000 people in 46 countries. The company is the world’s largest producer of memory chips, TFT-LCDs, CDMA mobile phones and monitors and the sixth-largest manufacturer of mobile phones. Samsung Electronics consists of four main business units: Digital Media, Semiconductor, Information & Communications, and Home Appliance Businesses. For more information, please visit http://www.samsungelectronics.com.

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