Posted: September 30, 2013

Alcatel-Lucent and China Mobile today announced the selection of Alcatel-Lucent’s innovative lightRadio™  4G TD-LTE overlay – for the nationwide rollout of the world’s largest high-speed mobile broadband network. China is now the world’s largest market for mobile data services and smartphones, increasing at a rate of more than 50 percent each year.

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China Mobile has been actively carrying out large-scale TD-LTE live network trials in China for more than three years and is now scaling the deployments. After the successful completion of China Mobile’s 4G trial, this additional award to Alcatel-Lucent is 11% of CMCC’s strategic plan to deploy more than 207,000 TD-LTE base stations in China by the end of 2013.

Alcatel-Lucent’s 4G TD-LTE technology provides high quality wireless data coverage, which is helping China Mobile significantly improve mobile broadband service to their customers in an extremely cost-efficient way.

Key Facts:

  • China Mobile has selected Alcatel-Lucent’s lightRadio TD-LTE Radio Access Network (RAN) as part of the world’s largest deployment of high-speed mobile broadband. Alcatel-Lucent has been awarded 11% of CMCC’s strategic deployment of Phase I 4G network.
  • China Mobile 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. The agreement is another LTE win for Alcatel-Lucent, supporting ultra-broadband strategy in the recently announced “Shift Plan” and includes a robust portfolio of Macro and Metro products field proven in the world’s largest networks.
  • Alcatel-Lucent has established a strong global leadership position in LTE with more than 40 contracts for commercial deployments.
  • Alcatel-Lucent has been closely involved with China Mobile in developing TD-LTE from the inception of the technology, and successfully demonstrated the first call using the platform more than five years ago, demonstrating HD video delivery over it three years ago. Alcatel-Lucent also showcased TD-LTE to the world during the Shanghai World Expo, another highlight in the journey of TD-LTE from prospect to reality.

Michel Combes, CEO of Alcatel-Lucent, said:“This is an extremely significant win for Alcatel-Lucent and we look forward to helping China Mobile rapidly deploy the largest mobile broadband network in the world.  By leveraging the ultra-broadband capabilities of our innovative TD-LTE lightRadio solution, China Mobile will have the ability to greatly expand mobile broadband coverage with a consistent, high quality subscriber experience, including challenging environments such as inside commercial and residential buildings.”

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