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China Telecom taps Alcatel-Lucent to boost 3G network

Posted: 15 Oct 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:China 3G? network? EV-DO? CDMA?

China Telecom, through its subsidiary Shanghai Telecom, has successfully tested and validated Alcatel-Lucent's multicarrier EV-DO solution, based on the Rev. B standard. Alcatel-Lucent has installed the solution to enable Shanghai Telecom to boost its network speed by up to three times and offer increasingly sophisticated 3G services. The contract was signed through Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell, Alcatel-Lucent's Chinese flagship company.

Alcatel-Lucent is the sole equipment provider for China's first multicarrier EV-DO demo launched in Shanghai Telecom's InfoSpace demonstration center. The demo showcases a 3G network environment with a download rate up to 9.3Mbit/s and lower latencies on the application layer, which will greatly improve end-users' experience when subscribing to bandwidth-consuming mobile services such as VoIP, video telephony and multimedia.

Leveraging CDMA's upgrade advantages, Shanghai Telecom launched China's first CDMA EV-DO commercial network in March and completed CDMA coverage of Shanghai's rural and urban areas three months later. Alcatel-Lucent has provided all of Shanghai Telecom's CDMA networks, except for Chongming island in Shanghai.

Furthermore, Alcatel-Lucent is going to launch a field trial of multicarrier EV-DO with China Telecom in Q4 to help the carrier provide high-quality 3G services during the World Expo.

"Alcatel-Lucent is committed to helping Shanghai Telecom enhance the user experience of its 3G subscribers. Through a cost-effective CDMA software upgrade, Alcatel-Lucent enables our customers to supply state-of-the-art mobile broadband services," said Olivia Qiu, president of Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell and of Alcatel-Lucent's activities in East Asia.

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