Nokia said it has won a 30 per cent share of a contract to build a new optical network for China Mobile that will form the bedrock of the operator’s large-scale 4G network expansion.
The Finnish vendor said it will deploy “100GB” optical technologies to support China Mobile’s “Broadband China” strategy. It did not disclose the value of the deal.
The other vendors in the contract were not revealed in the release, but the Chinese operator works with a broad range of equipment providers including Ericsson and Huawei.
Nokia also collaborates with China Telecom and China Unicom, and only recently announced plans to help China Telecom improve its 4G coverage in 19 provinces across China.
The vendor said the new contract win with China Mobile forms part of a 2016 frame agreement. Mike Wang, head of the joint management team of Nokia Networks China and Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell (ASB), stressed that this is a crucial win for the company.
“We are committed to delivering the latest optical transmission innovations to enable China Mobile to optimise their networks and open up new opportunities for their subscribers,” said Wang.
Nokia’s task is to help ensure that China Mobile will be able to support its growing number of 4G subscribers. The operator will need to be able to add capacity quickly to meet rising demands for mobile data, for example.
In detail, Nokia will deploy a 100G optical transport network (OTN) and dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) backbone based on the recently announced 1830 PSS-24X packet optical transport system.
The centrepiece of the network architecture is a four port 100G DWDM line card for the Nokia 1830 PSS-24X. This line card, in combination with other technologies, will enable China Mobile to add optical capacity as needed.
- see the Nokia release