Finnish vendor Nokia has signed framework agreements with China’s big three telcos – China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom – worth a combined total of more than EUR2 billion (USD2.3 billion). The agreements run to the end of 2019 and cover the delivery of radio and fixed access equipment, as well IP routing and optical transport technology and software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualisation (NFV) products.
For China Mobile, Nokia said it had been contracted to deliver ‘technologies and expertise’ nationwide including: radio access, core, passive optical networks, IP routing and optical transport, SDN, network management and professional services. China Telecom, meanwhile, has enlisted the vendor to aid the operator in improving its LTE coverage and hot spot capacity. To that end, Nokia will provide end-to-end solutions covering FDD-LTE radio access, home customer premises equipment (CPE), core routers, multi-service edge routers and optics. In addition, the two have agreed to enhance cooperation regarding development of 5G technology. Finally, Nokia said of its tie-up with Unicom that it would help the operator ‘deploy technologies across the country including Nokia FDD-LTE radio access, Multi-access Edge Computing, virtualised IMS, SDN, IP routing and optical transport, and fixed network equipment.’ Through the development, Unicom is looking to enhance its network quality and capacity to help grow its LTE customer base, Nokia added. The provider is also aiming to further research and development of IoT services and the evolution to 5G, including the use of artificial intelligence in networks.