Alcatel-Lucent has cemented its position as a key partner to China Mobile with a deal to provide various components for the operator's 4G Evolved Packet Core (EPC) rollout. (See Alcatel-Lucent Wins EPC Deal at China Mobile.)
The vendor, which is supplying its 7750 Service Router (to act as the mobile gateway), its 9471 Wireless Mobility Manager (for Serving GPRS Support Node and Mobility Management Entity capabilities), and its 5620 Services Aware Manager (network management tool), claims it has landed a 24 percent share of China Mobile Ltd.'s EPC deployment, making it the principal packet core provider for the 4G network. No financial details have been disclosed.
The main beneficiaries of the operator's 4G radio access network (RAN) rollout, though, are (as expected) the local vendors, Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. and ZTE Corp. (See Report: Huawei, ZTE Win Big at China Mobile.)
That AlcaLu has managed to land such a healthy chunk of the next-generation mobile packet core, however, is testimony to the strength of its IP capabilities, which are at the heart of the vendor's restructuring plan. (See Alcatel-Lucent Builds Future Around IP and TiMetra at Heart of AlcaLu's Shift.)
— Ray Le Maistre, Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading