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.”