Nokia signs new frame agreement with China Mobile

June 14, 2016
Nokia says it has signed a one year frame agreement to supply a variety of communications systems and services with China Mobile. The deal is worth EUR 1.36 billion ($1.56 billion).

Nokia says it has signed a one year frame agreement to supply a variety of communications systems and services with China Mobile. The deal is worth EUR 1.36 billion ($1.56 billion).

The announcement is the latest in a series of frame agreements China Mobile has signed with the company, dating back to before Nokia acquired Alcatel-Lucent (see, for example, "Alcatel-Lucent wins Broadband China framework deals with China Mobile and China Unicom" and "China Mobile awards Alcatel-Lucent $1 billion contract").

Both Nokia Networks China and ASB (Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell) will provide services under the agreement. The frame agreement covers a wide range of technologies and communications applications, but overall addresses China Mobile's desire to transition to a flexible cloud network infrastructure.

For example, Nokia will deploy its 5G-ready AirScale Base Station as well as elements of its mobile radio access and core portfolio. It also will supply fixed access, IP routing and optical transport, customer experience management, operational support system (OSS), and third party products as well as the aforementioned services.

"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," said Mike Wang, president of the joint management team of Nokia Networks China and ASB. "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."

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