Alcatel-Lucent Signs Contracts Worth $1 Billion with China Mobile and China Unicom

Alcatel-Lucent  has signed deals with China Mobile and China Unicom, representing more than $1 billion in value, for a variety of next generation technologies.

Under the one-year  agreements, valued at up to RMB4.53 billion (Eur 656 million) and RMB3.59 billion (Eur 520 million) for China Mobile and China Unicom respectively, - Alcatel-Lucent will deliver its mobile and fixed ultra-broadband access, IP routing, agile optical networking and network functions virtualization (NFV) capabilities, as well as Nuage Networks’ software defined networking (SDN) technologies

China Mobile and China Unicom plan, as part of the “Broadband China” initiative to extend full broadband coverage across the nation’s rural and urban areas by 2020.

China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has set the target for all the country’s municipalities, city districts and most non-urban households to have access to 100 Mbps fixed network Internet access by 2017.

Within the same timeframe, China also expects residents of major cities to have an average access rate of 30 Mbps, 80 percent of administrative villages to have fiber coverage, with full 4G mobile access in urban and rural areas.

Alcatel-Lucent will provide technologies that include:

    • 4G TD-LTE and LTE FDD mobile ultra-broadband access
    • Gigabit Passive Optical Networks (GPON) and Ethernet Passive Optical Networks (EPON) fixed ultra-broadband access
    • Optical transport network and private telecommunications network (PTN) data transmission
    • IP routing and switching technologies
    • Voice over LTE (VoLTE)
    • NFV cloud technologies
    • Nuage Networks SDN
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