Alcatel-Lucent has hailed a “significant agreement” with China Mobile that sees the France-based vendor move the world’s largest mobile service provider towards an all-IP ultra-broadband network.
The one-year “comprehensive frame agreement” is valued at up to €750 million, A-L said.
It includes a number of previously announced deals between the two companies that sees A-L provide technology ranging from IP networking to ultra-broadband access, including wireless access technology in preparation for 4G TD-LTE deployment, small cells, Evolved Packet Core, IP routing, optical 100G technology and GPON.
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The vendor said the overall deployment will pave the way for future network functions virtualisation (NFV) and cloud-based services.
Chief Executive Michel Combes said his company is now “a key technology provider in virtually every aspect of China Mobile’s growing mobile ultra-broadband network”.
He added: “We have worked side-by-side with China Mobile throughout many developments in mobile technology, including the development of 4G TD-LTE. We are continuing that close collaboration as China Mobile moves to the next level of ultra-broadband through NFV supporting future cloud applications and services.”
A-L saw revenues in Asia-Pacific rise 10 percent last year thanks to network roll outs in China. Overall, the vendor made a loss of €1.3 billion on revenues that were flat at €4 billion.
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