China Telecom chooses Alcatel-Lucent for 100GB broadband

China Telecom, one of the world’s largest telecommunications service providers, has selected Alcatel-Lucent to upgrade its network capability as demand for broadband connections and access to high-bandwidth content, such as video, grows rapidly in China.

The contract was secured by Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell, Alcatel-Lucent’s flagship company in China.

In the second half of 2010, 43% of the world’s new broadband connections occurred in China, highlighting the need for Chinese service providers to meet this demand while maintaining network quality. With China Telecom preparing to introduce speeds of 100GBps, a first for a service provider in China – this deployment will provide a major boost to network capacity and performance in the service provider’s network.

China Telecom is using Alcatel-Lucent’s 7750 Service Routers and 5620 Service Aware Manager portfolio to increase overall data speeds and support the prioritisation of different kinds of internet traffic such as video, applications and voice. This offers an ideal solution for intelligently managing demand for services in a cost-effective way, at the same time maintaining the quality that is vital for delivering these types of applications, as demand for broadband increases even further.

Wei Leping, chairman of China Telecom Science & Technology Committee, said: “With the continuously booming broadband demand in the future, it’s very crucial to maintain the network quality for smoothly delivering the applications. The Alcatel-Lucent solutions not only ensure our service quality but also give us the flexibility to upgrade to 100G smoothly in the future.” By deploying Alcatel-Lucent’s 100G solutions, the broadband network can handle tasks such as the transfer of 100,000 MP3 files in 60 seconds or the concurrent live streaming of over 15,000 HDTV channels.

Rajeev Singh-Morales from Alcatel-Lucent said: “Alcatel-Lucent first demonstrated 100G technology to China Telecom in September 2010 under very rigorous, real-world conditions, and our service router portfolio delivered exceptionally high quality and efficiency. This successful performance has made us the vendor of choice to partner with China Telecom in this high-growth market and support the first 100G deployment in China, and also led us to the winning of 46% market share in the IP bidding.”

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