China Mobile has contracted Finnish vendor Nokia for around 30% of its 2016-17 fibre optic network deployment project. Under the agreement, Nokia will deploy its 100G optical transport network (OTN) and DWDM backbone, based on the 1830 PSS-24X packet optical transport solution. The upgrade will help China Mobile add optical capacity to meet the growing mobile data demands of its subscriber base: as noted by TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, China Mobile is the world’s largest 4G provider by a substantial margin with 428.5 million LTE users in June 2016, compared to 312.3 million six months earlier.
Commenting on the development, Mike Wang, the head of the joint management team of Nokia Networks China and Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell (ASB), said: ‘With our innovative 100G OTN solution, we are able to help China Mobile meet the higher requirements for large-scale 4G construction. We are committed to delivering the latest optical transmission innovations to enable China Mobile to optimise their networks and open up new opportunities for their subscribers.’