China Telecom has tied up with Alcatel-Lucent to deploy IP technology.
The Alcatel-Lucent technology will allow China Telecom to meet demand for video and data services for householders and consumers.
In May 2012, China Telecom announced the expansion of its broadband access network.
By the end of 2012, the Broadband China project will see 35 million new families connected via fiber-to-the-home, 50 percent of broadband customers experiencing speeds of 4 Mbps and above, and 20 million new households with access to fixed broadband. By 2015 the target is to connect 800 million web users, including 200 million living in rural locations.
China Telecom’s fiber-to-the-home project, aimed at delivering services such as video-on-demand and Internet Protocol television (IPTV) to millions of homes across China, is set to place even greater demand for capacity on the service provider’s network.
As part of the agreement with Alcatel-Lucent, China Telecom will deploy 100 gigabit per second Ethernet (100 GE) technology for future network upgrade, to enable even faster broadband speeds.
China Telecom will leverage Alcatel-Lucent’s IP/MPLS services, networking, and backhaul expertise.
“The application of our innovative IP/MPLS technology will be integral to the expansion of China Telecom’s network, bringing broadband access to millions of people in China. Alcatel-Lucent is proud to be making such an important contribution to China Telecom’s plans and to the ‘Broadband China’ strategy, a contribution which also strongly reflects the key role China plays in our own global presence,” said Ben Verwaayen, CEO of Alcatel-Lucent.
The deployment of Alcatel-Lucent’s Internet Protocol/MultiProtocol Label Switching (IP/MPLS) solution will provide the superior capacity and service capabilities needed to ensure operational and cost efficiencies across China Telecom’s residential, business and mobile backhaul networks.
The agreement also marks the first Broadband Network Gateway deployment in China, transforming the way people access broadband services using any connected device.