Alcatel-Lucent has announced that it will be increasing the reach and efficiency of China Unicom’s 3G network. China Unicom has commissioned the work to meet the increasing demand for mobile broadband. The French-US firm will be expanding the GSM and W-CDMA network in ten provinces starting with Zhejiang, Jiangsu and Fujian, providing China Unicom the means to optimise its existing networks and preparing them for future upgrades. Rajeev Singh-Molares, President of Alcatel-Lucent’s activities in the Asia-Pacific Region, said that the upgrade would ‘deliver mobile broadband services more efficiently at a lower cost even as subscriber numbers grow, to support the future introduction of 4G LTE mobile broadband speeds and services’.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, at the end of March 2011 China Unicom had 18.5 million 3G customers, around 10% of its total wireless subscribers.