Alcatel-Lucent has been named as a major equipment supplier for China Telecom’s expanded LTE rollout.

The France-based vendor said it was one of the top three network suppliers for the operator’s LTE expansion, which is taking place after full FDD-LTE licenses were awarded by the Chinese Government.

The new deployment will span 12 provinces including Shanghai, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Hunan, Inner Mongolia and Liaoning.

Rival Nokia Networks revealed at Mobile World Congress that it had secured the “largest non-Chinese vendor share” of the China Telecom contract.

A-L said it would supply its radio access network (RAN) portfolio and services for China Telecom’s network to meet consumer demand for high-performance video and data delivery, capacity and coverage.

The partnership follows a trial deployment of the network conducted by the two companies in 2013.

Luis Martinez Amago, CEO of Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell (ASB), said: “This agreement with China Telecom highlights our leadership in LTE mobile ultra-broadband access technology.

“Demand for LTE is exploding in China, and with this rollout, we will help China Telecom launch services quickly and enable it to maintain its competitive position, offering its customers the ultra-fast broadband speeds and performance they are demanding.”

[Read more: Infonetics proclaims Huawei as world’s top telecoms vendor]

A-L made a loss of €118 million last year on revenues that fell three percent to €13.2 billion.

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