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China Mobile chooses Alcatel-Lucent as primary EPC vendor

Alcatel-Lucent scored a win with the announcement that China Mobile has selected its Evolved Packet Core portfolio to support its roll-out of LTE.

China Mobile awarded more than $3 billion in LTE contracts a few months ago, out of a total expected spend of more than $7 billion. Alcatel-Lucent was one of the vendors to get a small slice of the initial $3 billion, being chosen to deploy 11% of the more than 200,000 TD-LTE base stations that China Mobile is planning to deploy. Huawei and ZTE both reportedly earned about 25% of the base station infrastructure contract.

Now that additional details are coming out on the composition of the rest of the network, however, Alcatel-Lucent said that it has been awarded 24% of China Mobile’s overall EPC network, enough to make it “primary EPC supplier for the entire 4G LTE network,” according to the vendor. Alcatel-Lucent’s Chinese subsidiary was also heavily involved in LTE trials for China Mobile.

The EPC consists of data, mobility and policy platforms. Alcatel-Lucent will be providing its 7750 Service Router – Mobile Gateway, 9471 Wireless Mobility Manager, and 5620 Services Aware Manager to China Mobile under its contract.

China Mobile, which has more than 700 million subscribers, is a juggernaut expected to have a major impact on the LTE ecosystem with its TD-LTE deployment. The carrier is making large LTE investments this year, but research firm Mobile Experts has said that it believes that supply constraints will stretch the roll-out over 18 months and into 2014.



Kelly Hill
Kelly Hill
Kelly reports on network test and measurement, as well as the use of big data and analytics. She first covered the wireless industry for RCR Wireless News in 2005, focusing on carriers and mobile virtual network operators, then took a few years’ hiatus and returned to RCR Wireless News to write about heterogeneous networks and network infrastructure. Kelly is an Ohio native with a masters degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley, where she focused on science writing and multimedia. She has written for the San Francisco Chronicle, The Oregonian and The Canton Repository. Follow her on Twitter: @khillrcr

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