Alcatel-Lucent lands China Telecom IP deal

APRIL 24, 2007 -- Shanghai Telecom, a subsidiary of China Telecom, has selected Alcatel-Lucent's IP/MPLS equipment for its MAN expansion and network optimization project in Shanghai.

APRIL 24, 2007 -- Shanghai Telecom, a subsidiary of China Telecom, has selected Alcatel-Lucent's (search for Alcatel-Lucent) IP/MPLS equipment for its MAN expansion and network optimization project in Shanghai. Once complete, subscribers of Shanghai Telecom will be able to enjoy a broad suite of premium IP-based services with higher quality and greater flexibility, according to the systems vendor. This contract was won through Alcatel Shanghai Bell, Alcatel-Lucent's flagship Chinese company.

Shanghai Telecom has approximately 9 million subscribers creating a huge demand for advanced data services. To meet these requirements and anticipate future growth, Alcatel-Lucent will provide Shanghai Telecom with its 7750 Service Router and 7450 Ethernet Service Switch.

Once deployed in mid-2007, Shanghai Telecom will be able to offer IP-based services with the quality of service required to meet service-level agreements for Layer 2 Virtual Private LAN Service as well as Layer 3 IP VPN services, and next-generation network services in the future, Alcatel-Lucent asserts.

"Market demand for advanced data services in Shanghai is increasing at an extremely fast pace," said Zhang Weihua, chairman of Shanghai Telecom's board. "IP/MPLS is the strategic direction for network transformation and will help us meet the high expectations of our customers. We believe Alcatel-Lucent's premium IP/MPLS solutions and experience in network transformation will give us a significant advantage as we move to the next phase of our network infrastructure."

"Alcatel-Lucent's IP solution is gaining tremendous attention from operators across China," said Frederic Rose, president of Alcatel-Lucent's Asia Pacific activities. "This contract further demonstrates Shanghai Telecom's confidence in our advanced IP/MPLS solutions as we provide the flexible and service-rich foundation necessary to expand its offerings in line with business and subscriber requirements."

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