China Mobile, a Chinese state-owned telco, has awarded French infrastructure vendor Alcatel-Lucent a one-year comprehensive frame contract worth €750 million (US$1.03 billion) to help it transit to an all-IP ultra-broadband network.
The agreement will pave the way for China Mobile to deploy network functions virtualisation (NFV) and cloud-based services in future, according to Alcatel-Lucent's media release.
Under the agreement, Alcatel-Lucent will upgrade China Mobile's existing networks as well as provide the following :
- wireless ultra-broadband access technology such as lightRadio 4D-LTE overlay;
- lightRadio Metro Radio Outdoor (MRO) Small Cells;
- IP networking kit such as Evolved Packet Core (EPC);
- IP routing technology and next generation optics transmission such as OTN 100G technology;
- fixed ultra-broadband access technology including GPON; and
- professional services.
According to Michel Combes, CEO of Alcatel-Lucent, this agreement builds on the two companies' long-standing relationship. "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."
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