China Mobile selects Alcatel-Lucent’s IP technology for 4G

China Mobile has announced that Alcatel-Lucent’s all-IP Evolved Packet Core portfolio has been selected to support the nationwide rollout of China Mobile’s 4G LTE network, set to be the world’s largest mobile ultra-broadband network.

The Alcatel-Lucent Evolved Packet Core (EPC) is a high-capacity IP solution that sits at the heart of a mobile network. Consisting of the three platforms – data, mobility and policy – it provides an essential link between the end user and the scope of mobile communications they might wish to make use of.

China Mobile has awarded Alcatel-Lucent 24 percent of its overall EPC network, making Alcatel-Lucent the primary EPC supplier for the entire 4G LTE network. In September 2013, China Mobile selected Alcatel-Lucent to deploy 11 percent of their new LTE network, consisting of more than 200,000 TD-LTE base stations, by the end of 2013.

Alcatel-Lucent solution consist of: Alcatel-Lucent 7750 Service Router – Mobile Gateway; Alcatel-Lucent 9471 Wireless Mobility Manager; and Alcatel-Lucent 5620 Services Aware Manager (SAM).

China Mobile (CMCC) has more than 750 million subscribers, which accounts for more than 60 percent of the total mobile subscriptions in the country. CMCC is deploying TD-LTE to help meet the ever-increasing demand for mobile Internet, video and data in the world’s largest smartphone market.

Michel Combes, CEO, Alcatel-Lucent said, “As China Mobile builds the world’s largest 4G LTE network, Alcatel-Lucent is providing its expertise in IP Networking and Ultra-Broadband Access, the focus of our Shift Plan. China Mobile’s adoption of LTE network requires needs an architecture that is simpler and flatter than the traditional packet/TDM network. Deploying the Alcatel-Lucent Evolved Packet Core will enable CMCC to offer LTE customers blazingly fast speeds and impressive quality, while driving down the cost of sending information across the network.”

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