Finnish telecom equipment manufacturer claims to have bagged a one-year agreement worth up to 1.36 billion euros from China Mobile to help the leading Chinese telco to transition to a flexible cloud network infrastructure which will enable it to provide for the ever-increasing data needs of its subscribers.
As per the agreement, Nokia will deploy its innovative 5G-ready AirScale Base Station, which allows multiple radio technologies to operate simultaneously in one base station and can scale to support 5G speeds and IoT demand.
Nokia will also provide additional elements of its mobile radio access and core portfolio in addition to fixed access, IP routing and optical transport, customer experience management, operational support system (OSS) and third party products as well as its global Services expertise.
Going forward, Nokia and China Mobile will work closely to define the products and services that will enable the operator to meet ever-growing demands in a country where the majority of Internet users – 620 million of a total 688 million – use mobile devices to connect. Mobile phones were the most popular choice for 71.5 percent of new users accessing the Internet in China during 2015.
The frame agreement builds on a longstanding relationship between the companies in developing, trialling and deploying new technologies to enable seamless cloud connectivity and faster, more affordable Internet access to meet the demand as well as the evolution of networks to embrace the Internet of Things and eventually 5G.
“This is a highly significant agreement with our longstanding partner; it strengthens Nokia’s position as a leading provider of next-generation technologies in China, and reflects our larger footprint in the country following the acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent. We are committed to delivering mobile broadband capabilities that will allow operators to optimize their networks and open up new opportunities for them and their subscribers,” Mike Wang, President of the joint management team of Nokia Networks China and ASB, said.