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19 July 2011
China Telecom has selected Alcatel Lucent to provide passive optical networking (PON) equipment for its large scale fibre deployment in China’s cities.  The “Broadband China, Fibre Cities” project, announced in February this year, aims to connect more than 100 million households in underserved areas over the next three years.
Alcatel-Lucent will supply its Intelligent Services Access Manager product family, which supports GPON, EPON and DSL technologies and enables fibre-to-the-home (FTTH), fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) and fibre-to-the-building (FTTB) deployment models.
Rajeev Singh-Molares, President of Alcatel-Lucent’s activities in the Asia-Pacific region, said: “This project represents another major milestone in the rapid modernization of China’s telecom landscape, and highlights the deepening relationship between Alcatel-Lucent and China Telecom, one of the worlds’ largest and most dynamic service providers.”
Alcatel-Lucent, through its subsidiary Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell, is taking an increasingly strong position in the Chinese optical market and has become an important partner to China Telecom.  China Telecom also announced that it will be using Alcatel-Lucent’s service routers to support the broadband deployment – the 7750 Service Routers and 5620 Service Aware Manager portfolio will increase overall data speeds and prioritize different kinds of internet traffic such as video, applications and voice.
By Pauline Rigby