Alcatel-Lucent has secured two more major contracts with Chinese state-owned mobile operators involving upgrading or expanding core IP networks.
The vendor announced it has been contracted to deploy an IP core router for China Mobile's national IP backbone network CMNET and metro networks.
China Mobile is seeking to simplify its network structure to prepare for the expected unprecedented growth in data traffic triggered by adoption of 4G and the IoT in the massive Chinese market.
The upgrade is also aimed at helping China Mobile meet its targets under the national Broadband China plan.
China Unicom has meanwhile selected the vendor for a project aimed at meeting high traffic demands in nine Chinese cities in the Jiangsu, Shandong, Jiangxi, Qinghai and Inner Mongolia provinces.
Under this deal Alcatel-Lucent will provide the same model of IP core router in the nine cities, preparing the metro backbone networks for a potential upgrade to 400G and paving the way for the expansion of high-quality cloud services.
The government's Broadband China Plan aims to provide nationwide broadband access with speeds of at least 50.Mbps in urban areas and 12 Mbps in rural areas by 2020.
“China is one of the world’s telecommunications markets and demand for broadband is exploding, particularly in high-traffic metro networks,” Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell CEO Yuan Xin said.