Nokia signs $2.3b in deals with China's big three

08 Nov 2018

Nokia has signed frame agreements with China's big three operators worth more than €2 billion ($2.28 billion), covering the supply of wireless and fixed networking equipment and related services.

The contracts with China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom were signed at the China International Import Expo in Shanghai yesterday. They are valid through to the end of next year.

Under the agreement with China Mobile, Nokia will deliver radio access, core, PON, IP routing and optical transport, SDN, network management and professional services across China.

Meanwhile Nokia has been contracted to help China Telecom improve its nationwide LTE coverage and hotspot capacity.

Nokia will provide an end-to-end solution including FDD-LTE radio access, home customer premises equipment solutions, core routers, multi-service edge routers and optical technology.

Finally, Nokia will supply FDD-LTE radio access, multi-access edge computing, virtualized IMS, SDN, IP routing and optical transport, and fixed network equipment for China Unicom.

Under the frame agreements, Nokia will also provide services including network planning, implementation, systems integration, maintenance and performance optimization.

“We are excited to continue our close collaboration with these important customers in China, to drive new levels of network performance as they transition toward 5G,” Nokia Shanghai Bell president Mike Wang said.

“Leveraging the breadth of our end-to-end network and services capabilities, we will work closely with China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom to deploy technologies that meet their specific business needs."

Separately, Nokia and China Unicom announced that they have deployed a private LTE network for an automotive plant being built in China's Liaoning province by BMW Brilliance Automotive, a joint venture between the BMW Group and Brilliance China Automotive Holdings.

The solution will use Nokia's virtualized multi-access edge computing portfolio to allow private connectivity to China Unicom's LTE network, providing low latency support for the plant's smart manufacturing activities.

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