Alcatel-Lucent Inks Deal Worth Over 1.1 billion Euro with China Mobile and China Unicom

Alcatel-Lucent Inks Deal Worth Over 1.1 billion Euro with China Mobile and China Unicom Image Credit: Alcatel Lucent

Alcatel-Lucent has signed agreements with China Mobile and China Unicom, two of the world’s largest telecommunications operators in deals worth up to RMB4.53 billion (Eur 656 million) and RMB3.59 billion (Eur 520 million) respectively,  to facilitate the transition of both Operators to dynamic cloud-based networks. Alcatel-Lucent will be providing its mobile and fixed ultra-broadband access, IP routing, agile optical networking and network functions virtualization (NFV) capabilities, as well as Nuage Networks’ software defined networking (SDN) technologies.

The deployment of these technologies will also support China Mobile and China Unicom in meeting commitments to the ‘Broadband China’ initiative which aims to see full broadband coverage across the nation’s rural and urban areas by 2020. China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has set the target for all the country’s municipalities, city districts and most non-urban households to have access to 100 megabits-per-second (Mbps) fiber by 2017. 

Li Huidi, Vice President of China Mobile
We have been working closely with Alcatel-Lucent on the development of technologies to help the smooth transition to cloud networks. We are pleased to continue this collaboration and under this agreement we can benefit from Alcatel-Lucent’s leading solutions to help us expand connectivity across the company and enable new efficiencies across our network.

Michel Combes, CEO of Alcatel-Lucent
This announcement is highly significant as it furthers Alcatel-Lucent’s role as a key technology provider in China and aligns perfectly with our strategy of bringing high-speed ultra-broadband access to open up new opportunities for both service providers and their customers alike. We are very pleased to continue working with both China Mobile and China Unicom to help them deliver on their commitments under The Broadband China’ initiative.

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