China Unicom has awarded a contract to Alcatel-Lucent to increase its 3G network’s reach and efficiency in
more than ten provinces. Alcatel-Lucent’s GSM/W-CDMA solution will
ensure high quality 3G coverage, enabling the operator to meet
exploding demand for mobile broadband services in China. In addition to supplying equipment, the vendor will also provide optimisation services, enabling China Unicom to monitor, troubleshoot and optimise the network.
Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext and NYSE: ALU) today announced it will
increase the efficiency and reach of China Unicom’s 3G network in over
ten provinces to meet the rapidly rising demand for mobile broadband
coverage in China. This will ensure that high quality and widespread
coverage are maintained for China Unicom’s customers as the number of
subscribers rises. The companies are also preparing the network to
support even faster speeds in the future.
As a result of this agreement with Alcatel-Lucent China Unicom will
be able to enhance the mobile broadband experience for their customers.
China Unicom’s subscribers in provinces, including Zhejiang, Jiangsu
and Fujian provinces, will experience improved network quality and
Rajeev Singh-Molares, President of Alcatel-Lucent’s activities in the
Asia-Pacific Region, said “With demand for mobile broadband growing
rapidly in China, Alcatel-Lucent’s expertise in network optimisation
and our leading 3G solution will enable China Unicom to deliver mobile
broadband services more efficiently at a lower cost even as subscriber
numbers grow, to support the future introduction of 4G LTE mobile
broadband speeds and services.
Under the agreement Alcatel-Lucent will expand the deployment of its
GSM/W-CDMA solution to provide China Unicom with a cost-effective mobile
broadband network with the quality and capacity to meet the growing
demands in China in preparation for the future introduction of LTE. In
more than ten provinces, Alcatel-Lucent will also provide optimization
activities, allowing China Unicom the ability to monitor, troubleshoot
and optimise network efficiency as subscribers increase, using a range
of reporting capabilities, to ensure consistent quality for
Alcatel-Lucent’s commercial W-CDMA contracts in the Asia-Pacific
region include Mobicom China, Celcom Malaysia, Telecom New Zealand, SK
Telecom, South Korea and KT Corp, South Korea.
About China Unicom
China United Network Communications Group Co.,Ltd ("China Unicom")
was officially established on 6 January 2009 on the basis of the merger
of former China Netcom and former China Unicom. It has subsidiaries in
31 provinces (autonomous regions and municipalities) across China and
many countries and regions around the world. It is the only Chinese
telecom operator listed on the stock exchanges in New York, Hong Kong
and Shanghai. With a modern communications network characterized by
nationwide coverage and global reach, China Unicom mainly operates
fixed and mobile communications service, domestic and international
communications facilities, satellite IPLC service, data communications
service, network access service, value-added telecom services and
system integration service related to information and communications
services. On 7 January 2009, China Unicom was granted a W-CDMA license.
The long-trusted partner of service providers, enterprises, strategic
industries and governments around the world, Alcatel-Lucent is a
leader in mobile, fixed, IP and Optics technologies, and a pioneer in
applications and services. Alcatel-Lucent includes Bell Labs, one of
the world's foremost centres of research and innovation in
With operations in more than 130 countries and one of the most
experienced global services organizations in the industry,
Alcatel-Lucent is a local partner with global reach. The Company achieved revenues of Euro 16 billion in 2010 and is incorporated in France and headquartered in Paris.