China Telecom selects Alcatel-Lucent for CDMA upgrade

2 Dec 2008

Alcatel-Lucent (Alca-Lu) has announced that it has been selected by China Telecom to increase the capacity and coverage of its mobile voice and data network across the country. The contract was secured through Alcatel Shanghai Bell, Alcatel-Lucent’s Chinese flagship company. The USD230 million contract will see Alcatel Shanghai Bell provide an end-to-end CDMA wireless network for China Telecom in 56 cities in nine provinces. The deployment is currently underway and is expected to be operational by the end of 2008. Alcatel Shanghai Bell will also provide IP service routers and applications platforms and services for the deployment. ‘China Telecom is making a bold investment in the country’s communications infrastructure to ensure that the people of China have access to some of the most sophisticated and useful mobile services available, such as mobile web access,’ said Olivia Qiu, president of Alcatel Shanghai Bell. ‘This agreement builds on our longstanding collaboration with China Telecom and our commitment to ensure that they have a state-of-the-art network that supports their business goals and strategy. The agreement with China Telecom further confirms Alcatel-Lucent’s leading position in the CDMA market in China and worldwide.’