China Mobile contracts Nokia for home gateway deployment

12 Jun 2017

China Mobile and Finnish vendor Nokia are deploying millions of home gateways to provide access to ‘fibre-based ultra-broadband applications and intelligent home services’ to residential users across 29 different provinces. Under a contract inked between the two companies, China Mobile will deploy home gateway units with Nokia’s solution to more than 30 million subscribers this year. Using established fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) infrastructure, the new gateways will reportedly extend internet coverage in the home and enable Internet of Things (IoT) communications between devices and sensors. In addition, a press release outlining the plans notes that the ability to add software functions and enhanced analytics capabilities will allow China Mobile to ‘deploy and deliver a new intelligent home experience and associated services’. The contract extends a long term fixed networks partnership between China Mobile and Nokia, which also included the development of the former’s GPON network for mobile backhaul.