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July 21, 2010

Alcatel-Lucent to Build Fiber Optic Network in China
By Erin Harrison
Senior Editor

Expanding its Asian presence, Alcatel-Lucent (News - Alert) announced today it has been chosen by two Chinese mobile operators to install a fiber optic network in China.

French-U.S. telecom equipment maker Alcatel-Lucent said on Wednesday that mobile operators China Mobile (News - Alert) and China Telecom have selected the Paris-based company to install a fiber optic network in China enabling high-speed Internet access.

According to company officials, Alcatel-Lucent’s fiber-based solutions will be deployed in 14 provinces for China Mobile, and in more than 18 provinces for China Telecom (News - Alert).

The contracts were secured through Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell, Alcatel-Lucent’s flagship company in China. The value of the contract has not been disclosed.

Romano Valussi, president of Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell said that Alcatel-Lucent is actively engaged in building cost-effective, service-oriented access networks to help service providers such as China Mobile and China Telecom meet their customer’s specific needs.

“Thanks to the flexibility of Alcatel-Lucent’s platform, we can help our customers manage and evolve the networks cost-effectively. The selection of our PON solutions by two major operators also further confirms our leading position in the fixed broadband access market,” Valussi said.

Company officials said the contract would enable the two Chinese operators to offer a range of high-speed services including  high-definition television. Alcatel-Lucent is also supplying a wide range of optical network units (ONU) to support fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) and fiber-to-the-building (FTTB), and will provide its comprehensive professional services - including network deployment, integration and maintenance.

Erin Harrison is a senior editor with TMCnet, primarily covering telecom expense management, politics and technology and Web 2.0. She serves as senior editor for TMC's (News - Alert) print publications, including "Internet Telephony", "Customer Interaction Solutions", "Unified Communications" and "NGN" magazines. Erin also oversees production of TMCnet's weekly iPhone (News - Alert) e-Newsletter. To read more of Erin's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Erin Harrison


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