Alcatel Lucent has signed two significant deals in China with the country’s leading operators.
China Telecom has selected Alcatel-Lucent’s lightRadio LTE RAN for its new nationwide ultra-broadband mobile access network.
The France-based vendor will provide 9,892 base stations as one of the top three suppliers for China Telecom’s deployment of TD-LTE and FD-LTE technologies in 12 provinces in China.
The news follows other recent deals that A-L signed China Mobile and Sprint and confirms the vendor as one of the top three suppliers for China Telecom’s network infrastructure operating in both the LTE TDD and FDD modes.
A-L chief executive Michel Combes described the deal as “a significant win” for his company that underlines “the relevance and popularity” its LTE strategy.
In a separate announcement, A-L revelaed that China Mobile is deploying lighRadio 9768 Metro Radio Outdoor (MRO) small cells in its TD-LTE network.
The two firms co-created the small cells, which were launched at this year’s Mobile World Congress.
A-L said the solution will enable China Mobile to meet the surging capacity demands for ultra-broadband access in urban areas across China.
The vendor is also providing 24 percent of the Evolved Packet Core for China Mobile’s TD-LTE network.
China is now the world's largest market for subscribers, mobile data services and smartphones, and is increasing at a rate of more than 50 percent each year.
The deal with China Mobile is a part of the vendors’ Shift Plan – its recent strategic plan to focus the company on IP networking and ultra-broadband access.