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China Telecom Gets Assist in LTE Deployment from Alcatel-Lucent

December 03, 2015

  By Joe Rizzo, Contributing Writer

It has been about a year since China’s three major telecom companies were awarded licenses to deploy 4G LTE (News - Alert) networks throughout the country. In May of this year, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said that China’s wireless infrastructure was “expensive and slow.” According to China’s Ministry of Industry and Information technology it won’t be for long. It was announced that a major 4G build-out will see 1.3 million new base station cellular towers by the end of 2015.

Analyst at Mobile Experts, Joe Madden said “China has been adding 10 to 20 million LTE subscribers per month, which is 10 times the growth you see in any other country. China’s telecoms have an economic model different than any other carrier. They deploy huge capacity in advance of the demand.”

Alcatel-Lucent (News - Alert) will be assisting the China Telecom Corp in expanding its deployment of 4G LTE across 12 provinces of China. The fact of the matter is that demand for high-quality ultra-broadband services and applications continues to grow rapidly. It is expected that the deployment will be completed within the next couple of weeks.

Some of the key factors of the deployment include:

Alcatel-Lucent’s LTE technology is deployed in most major provinces of China nationwide and covers cities with the highest GDP in the country.

Alcatel-Lucent will deploy its 9926 eNodeB LTE radio access technology in 12 provinces of China, while introducing LTE-Advanced Carrier Aggregation capabilities for LTE FDD in major cities for the first time in China.

This agreement further expands on the deployment of LTE services announced in March 2015 as China Telecom (News - Alert) continues to transform its subscribers’ mobile ultra-broadband experience.

According to various market reports, China has emerged as the strongest growth driver of the LTE market, especially in the Asia-Pacific region. It has become the largest mobile market, even surpassing the U.S. and it continues to show enormous growth in data demand.

Yuan Xin, Chairman and CEO of Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell made the following comments, “This agreement continues a long-working relationship with China Telecom and further extends our leadership in mobile ultra-broadband access. As data demand continues to rise in the country, we are determined to help China Telecom meet customers’ increasing demand for top quality services.”

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