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Alcatel-Lucent to transform China Telecom's data network

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Alcatel-Lucent is set to transform China Telecom’s data network by helping China to provide high-speed broadband connections to more than 250 million households in urban and rural locations by 2015.

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Alcatel-Lucent will further boost capacity and service capabilities for China Telecom by deploying an all-IP (Internet Protocol) technology will allow the telco to meet rapidly growing demand for high-speed video and data services for householders and consumers on-the-move across the country. The contract was secured through Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell, Alcatel-Lucent’s flagship company in China.

By the end of 2012, the ‘Broadband China’ project will see 35 million new families connected via fiber-to-the-home, 50 percent of broadband customers experiencing speeds of 4 Mbps and above, and 20 million new households with access to fixed broadband. By 2015, the goal is to connect 800 million web users, including 200 million living in rural locations.

China Telecom’s large scale deployment of fiber-to-the-home, aimed at delivering services such as video-on-demand and Internet Protocol television (IPTV) to millions of homes across China, is set to place even greater demand for capacity on the service provider’s network.

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Under this latest agreement with Alcatel-Lucent, China Telecom will enable the always-on delivery of high-bandwidth video and data broadband services to meet millions of customers’ needs. This will also pave the way for China Telecom to deploy 100 gigabit per second Ethernet (100 GE) technology for future network upgrade, to enable even faster broadband speeds.

By leveraging Alcatel-Lucent’s leading IP/MPLS services, networking, and backhaul expertise combined with their extensive experience with large-scale global deployments, this project will allow China Telecom to meet the growing and diverse broadband needs of consumers and businesses for many years to come.

Ben Verwaayen, CEO of Alcatel-Lucent said “The application of our innovative IP/MPLS technology will be integral to the expansion of China Telecom’s network, bringing broadband access to millions of people in China. Alcatel-Lucent is proud to be making such an important contribution to China Telecom’s plans and to the ‘Broadband China’ strategy, a contribution which also strongly reflects the key role China plays in our own global presence.”

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The deployment of Alcatel-Lucent’s leading Internet Protocol/MultiProtocol Label Switching (IP/MPLS) solution will provide superior capacity and service capabilities needed to ensure operational and cost efficiencies across China Telecom’s residential, business and mobile backhaul networks.

The agreement also marks the first Broadband Network Gateway deployment in China, transforming the way people access broadband services using any connected device. This project will leverage the Alcatel-Lucent leading IP/MPLS 7750 Service Router (SR) portfolio, including the 7750 SR-12 and 7750 SR-7, as the Broadband Network Gateway to deliver high-performance service and subscriber management capabilities.

In conjunction with the 7750 SR, the Alcatel-Lucent 7705 Service Aggregation Routers (SAR) (including the 7705 SAR-M, 7705 SAR-8, and 7705 SAR-18) will deliver an optimized IP/MPLS mobile backhaul, leveraging common SR-OS software, to address China Telecom’s 2G, 3G, and future LTE mobile broadband needs.

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