Alcatel-Lucent EPC technology contributes to China Mobile’s new 4G LTE network

A-L’s evolved packet core IP technology will provide a key part of what will be the world’s largest 4G LTE network

Alcatel-Lucent EPC technology contributes to China Mobile’s new 4G LTE network

Alcatel-Lucent and China Mobile have 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% 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% each year. Under the contract, Alcatel-Lucent will provide a solution consisting of:

  • Alcatel-Lucent 7750 service router - mobile gateway
  • Alcatel-Lucent 9471 wireless mobility manager
  • Alcatel-Lucent 5620 services aware manager (SAM)

China Mobile (CMCC) has more than 750 million subscribers, which accounts for more than 60% 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.”

 

Written by Wireless magazine
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