Alcatel-Lucent signed a package of frame agreements with a combined value of up to Euro 750 million (US$ 1.116 billion) for mobile communications solutions and services with China Mobile and China Unicom, leading Chinese mobile service providers.
The agreements were secured through Alcatel-Lucent’s flagship company in China, Alcatel Shanghai Bell, and French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Chinese President Hu Jintao took part in the formal signing ceremony held on the 26th of November, 2007, in Beijing.
The solutions Alcatel-Lucent is providing are enabling China Mobile and China Unicom to expand the capacity and coverage of their mobile networks so that they can continue to meet the robust demand for mobile services in China.
Under the terms of the Euro 600 million (US$ 892 million) agreement with China Mobile, Alcatel-Lucent is providing end-to-end mobile solutions supporting China Mobile’s network expansion plans. The solution includes GSM/GPRS/EDGE radio and core networking equipment, mobile applications, IP routers and optical networking equipment. Alcatel-Lucent also is providing China Mobile with a TD-SCDMA solution being implemented in the operator’s trial network.
The agreement with China Unicom, valued at Euro 150 million (US$ 223 million), encompasses a range of end-to-end solutions including CDMA networking equipment, GSM/GPRS radio and core networking equipment, mobile applications, IP routers, optical networking equipment and related services. In addition, the agreement includes the expansion and upgrade of China Unicom’s third-generation (3G) CDMA1xEVDO, a high-speed data network in Macau.
Alcatel-Lucent also will supply core networking platforms, as well as a comprehensive optical networking solution based on its data-aware Optical Multi-Service Node (OMSN) systems, 1675 LambdaUnite MultiService Switch, 1678 Metro Core Connect, 1626 Light Manager multi-reach DWDM platform and 1696 Metrospan and the 1643 Access Multiplexer Small (AMS).
These contracts further strengthen Alcatel-Lucent’s position as one of the leading mobile communications suppliers in the Chinese market and follow similar agreements Alcatel-Lucent signed with both operators in May to support the expansion of the their respective mobile communications networks.