Alcatel-Lucent has announced the signing of comprehensive frame agreements with China Mobile and China Unicom, two of the world’s largest mobile operators, to facilitate the transition to cloud-based networks. The equipment vendor will support the companies in the delivery of faster, more affordable mobile and fixed internet connections under the ‘Broadband China’ initiative, which aims to see full broadband coverage across the nation’s rural and urban areas by 2020. Under the agreements – both spanning a year and valued at up to CNY4.53 billion (USD739.5 million) for China Mobile and RMB3.59 billion for China Unicom – Alcatel-Lucent will deliver its mobile and fixed ultra-broadband access, IP routing, agile optical networking and network functions virtualisation (NFV) capabilities, as well as Nuage Networks’ software defined networking (SDN) technologies.
Commenting on the agreement, China Mobile’s vice president Li Huidi said: ‘We have been working closely with Alcatel-Lucent on the development of technologies to help the smooth transition to cloud networks. We are pleased to continue this collaboration and under this agreement we can benefit from Alcatel-Lucent’s leading solutions to help us expand connectivity across the company and enable new efficiencies across our network.’ Alcatel-Lucent says it will provide technologies that include: 4G TD-LTE and LTE FDD mobile ultra-broadband access; Gigabit Passive Optical Networks (GPON) and Ethernet Passive Optical Networks (EPON) fixed ultra-broadband access; IP routing and switching technologies; and Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE).