China Telecom selects Alcatel-Lucent to introduce a variety of new multimedia services for subscribers in six provinces
Alcatel-Lucent’s IMS Solution to bring IP-based voice, video and Web services to 120 million customers at home, in their offices or on the go
Paris, July 4, 2011 – China Telecom, a leading Chinese fixed and mobile operator, has selected Alcatel-Lucent (EuroNext and NYSE: ALU) to deliver multimedia services to subscribers in Shanghai, Shandong, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Xinjiang and Sichuan provinces. By converging different types of “media” – voice, video, and other data services — over a common IP platform, China Telecom will be able to bring a growing range of interesting and useful services to more than 120 million consumers and business users.
This contract, won by Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell — Alcatel-Lucent’s flagship company in China — is the first commercial deployment of IMS (IP Multimedia Subsystem) technology for China Telecom, and builds on a successful trial in Shanghai and Shandong provinces. This project will play a significant role in helping China Telecom evolve its network from its legacy system – known as a PSTN — to an all-IP infrastructure that operates on the principles of the Internet, making it much easier and less costly to operate.
“This project with Alcatel-Lucent, our first large-scale commercial deployment of IMS, is a critical step in our transformation to a much more flexible, cost effective all-IP network,” said XU Sui, Deputy General Manager of Network Development Dept.in China Telecom. “The world of communications is moving to more video, more streamed content from the web, more personalized services – we are building a network for this new world.”
Already the country’s biggest fixed network operator, China Telecom has experienced dramatic growth in its mobile business and is seeking to expand all of its services to all subscribers. Alcatel-Lucent’s IMS Solution will enable China Telecom to unify communications across fixed, mobile and the web, as well as ensuring it remains secure. These capabilities include: voice, video-conferencing, multimedia ringback tones, IP Centrex, SIP Push system, CDMA Anchoring, and terminal management.
In addition, China Telecom and Alcatel-Lucent will work together to develop advanced services, including unified network address book, presence, multimedia instant messaging (including SMS, text and video) and image sharing..
“The successful China Telecom trial and commercial deployment of our IMS solution in one of the world’s largest markets, demonstrates that we can support the most demanding, fastest-growing operators,” said Rajeev Singh-Molares, president of Alcatel-Lucent’s activities in Asia-Pacific. “We are ideally positioned to meet the growing appetite for multimedia services and universal access in this part of the world.”
Alcatel-Lucent is a global leader in providing IMS solutions to service providers, with more than 90 deployments worldwide. It is also ranked #1 in IMS VoIP subscriber market share.
About China Telecom
China Telecom Corporation Limited is the world’s largest wireline telecommunications and broadband services provider and the world’s largest CDMA mobile operator. Serving as a full services integrated information service operator, China Telecom provides basic telecommunications services, such as wireline telecommunications services and mobile telecommunications services, and value-added telecommunications services, such as Internet access services and information services in the PRC. As of the end of March 2011, the Company has wireline access lines in service of about 173 million, wireline broadband subscribers of over 66 million and mobile subscribers of more than 100 million. The Company’s H shares and American Depositary Shares (“ADSs”) are listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited and the New York Stock Exchange, respectively.