China Telecom signs FTTH deal with Alca-Lu; will also buy CDMA network from parent

30 May 2012

China Telecom has inked a contract worth EUR100 million (USD125 millon) with Alcatel-Lucent to expand its broadband access network and deploy fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) in selected areas of all 31 Chinese provinces. The deal is part of China Telecom’s ‘Broadband China, Fibre Cities’ project launched at the start of 2011, the goal of which is to bring FTTH coverage to 100 million households and generate 30 million subscribers by 2015.

Meanwhile, in separate but related news, China Telecom also revealed that it plans to buy the CDMA network from its parent company later this year so as to avoid having to continue paying high leasing costs.