China Mobile enlists Huawei, ZTE, Alca-Lu for VoLTE project

11 Aug 2015

Chinese vendors Huawei and ZTE and French-US equipment provider Alcatel-Lucent have been selected by China Mobile to assist with the deployment of voice-over-Long Term Evolution (VoLTE) technology, with the cellco aiming to provide commercial VoLTE services to 50 million subscribers by late 2015/early 2016. Huawei claims to have been awarded the lion’s share of the contracts for the rollout, and will handle the evolution of fixed IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) networks to Fixed-Mobile Convergence (FMC) networks in twelve 14 provinces and cities scheduled to receive the upgrade. ZTE, meanwhile, will provide China Mobile with a full range of VoLTE core network solutions covering equipment and systems integration in several major provinces. Finally, Alca-Lu will deploy its Rapport communications software in nine provinces, which will allow China Mobile to simplify and consolidate video, voice and messaging services onto a single platform.