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Published on : Jul 03, 2015

China Mobile and China Unicom have initiated its shift to cloud-based network. To support their transition, they have entered into a partnership with Alcatel-Lucent, a France-based company. In a statement, Alcatel-Lucent has said that it will assist these Chinese telecom operators to deliver reasonably-priced mobiles and fast Internet connections in China. The agreement with Alcatel-Lucent has cost China Mobile a sum of US$728.29 million, whereas, China Unicom paid US$577.26 million for this agreement. Alcatel-Lucent has signed the contract for one year with both the companies.

The French company will be catering for its fixed and mobile ultra-broadband access, agile optical networking, IP routing, and NFV capacities with both the telcos, whereas, Nuage Networks’, the subsidiary unit of Alcatel-Lucent will provide SDN technologies. Both the deployment will also support the telcos commitments towards the ‘Broadband China’ initiative aiming at complete broadband coverage across the rural and urban areas in China by 2020.

Mr. Michel Combes, the CEO of Alcatel-Lucent announced recently about this agreement and said that it empowers the role of Alcatel-Lucent as a main technology provider in the nation. He further added that the partnership aligns perfectly with their plans of getting high-speed ultra-broadband access in order to create new opportunities for service providers as well as their customers.

The ministry of industry and IT, government of China has set the target to have access to 100Mbit/s fiber for all the municipalities in the nation, districts, and most non-urban households by the year 2017. The country is also expecting the residents of the main cities of China to have an access rate 30Mbit/s, on an average basis within the same timeframe.