As the Chinese government steps up ‘Broadband China’, its program to provide high-speed broadband connections to more than 250 million households in urban and rural locations by 2015, Alcatel-Lucent announced that it has signed an agreement with China Telecom to deploy its IP/MPLS 7750 Service Router (SR) portfolio.
According to the agreement with Alcatel-Lucent (Paris), China Telecom (Beijing, P.R.C.) will enable the delivery of high-bandwidth video and data broadband services and deploy 100 gigabit per second Ethernet (100 GE) technology for future network upgrade. By leveraging Alcatel-Lucent’s IP/MPLS, networking, and backhaul services, this project will allow China Telecom to meet the growing broadband needs of consumers and businesses, says Alcatel-Lucent.
This project will leverage the IP/MPLS 7750 SR portfolio, including the 7750 SR-12 and 7750 SR-7, as the Broadband Network Gateway to deliver high-performance service and subscriber management capabilities. In conjunction with the 7750 SR, the Alcatel-Lucent 7705 Service Aggregation Routers (including the 7705 SAR-M, 7705 SAR-8, and 7705 SAR-18) will deliver a IP/MPLS mobile backhaul, leveraging common SR-OS software, to address China Telecom’s 2G, 3G, and future LTE mobile broadband needs, says the company.
By the end of 2012, the ‘Broadband China’ project will see 35 million new homes connected via fiber-to-the-home, 50% of broadband customers experiencing speeds of 4 Mbps and above, and 20 million new households with access to fixed broadband. By 2015 the goal is to connect 800 million web users, including 200 million living in rural locations.
This extra connectivity across the country together with the rise in the use of smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices is driving demand for video chat and other Internet services at a growth rate of 40% year-on-year. China Telecom’s deployment of fiber-to-the-home , 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.
“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,” says Ben Verwaayen, CEO of Acaltel-Lucent.