China Telecom, one of China’s telecom operators, reportedly has selected Alcatel-Lucent for a $230 million project to provide end-to-end communication solution and to increase the capacity and coverage of China Telecom’s (News - Alert) mobile voice and data network.
Alcatel-Lucent is a CDMA/EV-DO vendor with global market share of more than 46 percent in 2007. The company also is a major player in the development and deployment of third-generation networks.
Under the pact, Alcatel Shanghai Bell, which secured the contract, would provide its end-to-end CDMA wireless networking solutions for China Telecom in 56 cities in nine provinces in China.
Officials at Alcatel-Lucent (News - Alert) said that the deployment is being undertaken and the expanded network is slated to provide commercial services by the end of 2008.
Alcatel Shanghai Bell, Alcatel-Lucent’s Chinese flagship company, would also provide IP service routers and applications platforms and services for the deployment.
“China Telecom is making a bold investment in the country’s communications infrastructure to ensure that the people of China have access to some of the most sophisticated and useful mobile services available, such as mobile Web access,” said Olivia Qiu, president of Alcatel Shanghai Bell.
Qiu said that the agreement builds on the longstanding collaboration the company has with China Telecom and Alcatel;s commitment to ensure that they have a state-of-the-art network that supports their business goals and strategy.
“The agreement with China Telecom further confirms Alcatel-Lucent’s leading position in the CDMA market in China and worldwide,” he said.
The company officials said that Alcatel would also provide a robust infrastructure incorporating a range of base stations designed to fit a wide variety of deployment scenarios, from those designed to serve usage-heavy urban areas to those suited to providing coverage in more rural areas where populations are more dispersed.
Officials claimed that these bases stations use many common hardware and software elements, allowing for easier maintenance and lower operating costs, and can be readily upgraded to support 3G services in the future.
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Edited by Michael Dinan