Alcatel-Lucent IP technology to provide key pillar of the world’s largest 4G LTE network being launched by China Mobile
Innovative Evolved Packet Core to support a quarter of China Mobile’s nationwide 4G LTE build-out
Paris, November 14, 2013 – Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) and China Mobile have today announced that Alcatel-Lucent’s all-IP Evolved Packet Core portfolio has been selected to support the nationwide rollout of China Mobile’s 4G LTE network, set to be the world’s largest mobile ultra-broadband network.
The Alcatel-Lucent Evolved Packet Core (EPC) is a high-capacity IP solution that sits at the heart of a mobile network. Consisting of the three platforms – data, mobility and policy – it provides an essential link between the end user and the scope of mobile communications they might wish to make use of.
China Mobile has awarded Alcatel-Lucent 24 percent of its overall EPC network, making Alcatel-Lucent the primary EPC supplier for the entire 4G LTE network. In September 2013, China Mobile selected Alcatel-Lucent to deploy 11% of their new LTE network, consisting of more than 200,000 TD-LTE base stations, by the end of 2013.
China is now the world’s largest market for mobile data services and smartphones, increasing at a rate of more than 50 percent each year.
Alcatel-Lucent has been awarded contract covering 24 percent of the Evolved Packet Core netowrk needed by China Mobile to support its nationwide 4G LTE network.
Under the contract, Alcatel-Lucent will provide a solution consisting of:
China Mobile (CMCC) has more than 750 million subscribers, which accounts for more than 60 percent of the total mobile subscriptions in the country. CMCC is deploying TD-LTE to help meet the ever-increasing demand for mobile Internet, video and data in the world’s largest smartphone market.
Alcatel-Lucent’s supply of the Evolved Packet Core to China Mobile underlines the focus of The Shift Plan, the company’s industrial repositioning as a specialist vendor of IP Networking and Ultra-Broadband Access.
Michel Combes, CEO of Alcatel-Lucent, said: “As China Mobile builds the world’s largest 4G LTE network, Alcatel-Lucent is providing its expertise in IP Networking and Ultra-Broadband Access, the focus of our Shift Plan. China Mobile’s adoption of LTE network requires needs an architecture that is simpler and flatter than the traditional packet/TDM network. Deploying the Alcatel-Lucent Evolved Packet Core will enable CMCC to offer LTE customers blazingly fast speeds and impressive quality, while driving down the cost of sending information across the network.”
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