Alcatel-Lucent announced this week (12 December 2013) that its LTE solution has been selected by China Telecom for the operator’s nationwide trial of high-speed mobile broadband. China Telecom has chosen Alcatel-Lucent as one of the top three suppliers for its network infrastructure operating in both the LTE TDD and FDD modes.
China Telecom has selected Alcatel-Lucent’s lightRadio LTE Radio Access Network (RAN) as a key piece of its new nationwide ultra-broadband mobile access network.
Alcatel-Lucent will provide 9,892 base stations as one of the top three suppliers for China Telecom’s deployment of LTE-TDD and LTE-FDD technologies in 12 provinces in China.
The Chinese market is now the world’s largest for subscribers, mobile data services and smartphones, and is increasing at a rate of more than 50% each year. China Telecom currently has more than 181 million mobile customers throughout the country.
The announcement with China Telecom follows two major LTE-TDD announcements with China Mobile and Sprint. Alcatel-Lucent said it now has has more than 40 LTE contracts for commercial deployments comprising eight of the top 10 global service providers.
Michel Combes, CEO of Alcatel-Lucent, said: “Ultra-broadband access is a core part of The Shift Plan, and mobile broadband in particular is one of the areas we are investing in to provide customers with technology enabling them to bring their LTE services to market quickly and effectively.
“As such, this is a significant win for Alcatel-Lucent, underlining the relevance and popularity of our LTE strategy. With this innovative platform, China Telecom will be able to launch its LTE services rapidly, allowing its customers to quickly enjoy the services enabled by this technology.”