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AlcaLu Gains LTE Traction in China

Alcatel-Lucent has bagged two important 4G LTE radio access network (RAN) equipment deals in China as network rollouts accelerate following the recent issue of licenses. (See China Issues 4G TDD Licences.)

The vendor is supplying 9,892 lightRadio basestations in 12 provinces to China Telecom Corp. Ltd. for its extensive LTE TDD and LTE FDD trials that are set to cover 40 cities. The vendor, which has a local joint venture in the form of Alcatel Shanghai Bell, claims to be one of the "top three suppliers" for the trials. (See Alcatel-Lucent Lands LTE Deal at China Telecom.)

The other two suppliers weren't identified, but they will be Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. and ZTE Corp. (See Alcatel-Lucent Makes 4G Gains in China.)

In addition, Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) is to provide metro small cells to China Mobile Ltd. for its 4G rollout. The Metro Cell solution was jointly developed with China Mobile to meet network demands in the country's densely populated urban areas. (See China Mobile to Deploy Alcatel-Lucent Small Cells.)

The product being deployed is the lightRadio 9768 Metro Radio Outdoor (MRO), which was co-developed with China Mobile and which has already been tested in multiple provinces and a shopping mall in Jiangsu.

AlcaLu is already supplying its evolved packet core (EPC) and macro cell radio access gear to China Mobile for its 4G rollout. (See AlcaLu Grabs Core Deal in China and Alcatel-Lucent Wins 4G LTE Deal With China Mobile.)

The news will be a boost for the vendor, which is desperate for positive news as it executes its restructuring plan.

— Robert Clark, contributing editor, special to Light Reading

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