Alcatel-Lucent to support China Mobile in launching the world’s largest 4G ultra-broadband mobile network
Alcatel-Lucent’s innovative TD-LTE technology selected by China Mobile as it moves to Phase I 4G deployment
Shanghai and Paris, September 30, 2013 – Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) and China Mobile today announced the selection of Alcatel-Lucent’s innovative lightRadio™ 4G TD-LTE overlay – for the nationwide rollout of the world’s largest high-speed mobile broadband network. 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.
China Mobile has been actively carrying out large-scale TD-LTE live network trials in China for more than three years and is now scaling the deployments. After the successful completion of China Mobile’s 4G trial, this additional award to Alcatel-Lucent is 11% of CMCC’s strategic plan to deploy more than 207,000 TD-LTE base stations in China by the end of 2013.
Alcatel-Lucent’s 4G TD-LTE technology provides high quality wireless data coverage, which is helping China Mobile significantly improve mobile broadband service to their customers in an extremely cost-efficient way.
China Mobile has selected Alcatel-Lucent’s lightRadio TD-LTE Radio Access Network (RAN) as part of the world’s largest deployment of high-speed mobile broadband. Alcatel-Lucent has been awarded 11% of CMCC’s strategic deployment of Phase I 4G network.
China Mobile 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. The agreement is another LTE win for Alcatel-Lucent, supporting ultra-broadband strategy in the recently announced “Shift Plan” and includes a robust portfolio of Macro and Metro products field proven in the world’s largest networks.
Alcatel-Lucent has established a strong global leadership position in LTE with more than 40 contracts for commercial deployments.
Alcatel-Lucent has been closely involved with China Mobile in developing TD-LTE from the inception of the technology, and successfully demonstrated the first call using the platform more than five years ago, demonstrating HD video delivery over it three years ago. Alcatel-Lucent also showcased TD-LTE to the world during the Shanghai World Expo, another highlight in the journey of TD-LTE from prospect to reality.
Michel Combes,CEOof Alcatel-Lucent, said:“This is an extremely significant win for Alcatel-Lucent and we look forward to helping China Mobile rapidly deploy the largest mobile broadband network in the world. By leveraging the ultra-broadband capabilities of our innovative TD-LTE lightRadio solution, China Mobile will have the ability to greatly expand mobile broadband coverage with a consistent, high quality subscriber experience, including challenging environments such as inside commercial and residential buildings.”
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Alcatel-Lucent is at the forefront of global communications, providing products and innovations in IP and cloud networking, as well as ultra-broadband fixed and wireless access to service providers and their customers, enterprises and institutions throughout the world.
Underpinning Alcatel-Lucent in driving the industrial transformation from voice telephony to high-speed digital delivery of data, video and information is Bell Labs, an integral part of Alcatel-Lucent and one of the world’s foremost technology research institutes, responsible for countless breakthroughs that have shaped the networking and communications industry. Alcatel-Lucent innovations have resulted in the company being recognized by Thomson Reuters as a Top 100 Global Innovator, as well as being named by MIT Technology Review as amongst 2012’s Top 50 “World’s Most Innovative Companies”. Alcatel-Lucent has also been recognized for innovation in sustainability, being named Industry Group Leader for Technology Hardware & Equipment sector in the 2013 Dow Jones Sustainability Indices review for making global communications more sustainable, affordable and accessible, all in pursuit of the company’s mission to realize the potential of a connected world.
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