China Telecom has selected Alcatel-Lucent as one of its top three suppliers for the rollout of mobile ultra-broadband services across China.
The state-owned Chinese provider, which currently has approximately 186 million mobile subscribers, is introducing the new technology to enhance performance as increasing numbers of consumers seek the extra speed, capacity and efficiency of LTE.
China Telecom is preparing to expand LTE services in both new and existing regions of China, following the award of full FDD-LTE licenses by the Chinese Government - an expansion that will address exploding demand for high-performance data and video content.
Alcatel-Lucent will roll out its LTE mobile ultra-broadband access technology in 40 cities across 12 provinces, including Shanghai, Jiangsu, Shandong, Zhejiang, Hunan, Hubei, Guangxi, Fujian, Jiangxi, Shaanxi, Inner Mongolia and Liaoning.
The vendor will supply its 9926 eNodeB radio access network (RAN) portfolio and services during the first half of 2015. This comprises a digital baseband unit and radio frequency platform that allow operators to better utilise their spectrum and smoothly manage coverage and capacity increases.
Deployments are simplified and operators are equipped with new flexibilities that help them adapt to changing market demands more quickly. The deployment will help China Telecom extend LTE service coverage and capacity, and follows an initial trial contract award announced in December 2013.