Nokia and China Mobile said they have signed a contract to deploy home gateways across 29 provinces in China to provide residential customers with access to fiber broadband applications and smart home services.
Under the contract – which is an extension of a 2016 long-term fixed networks partnership between China Mobile and Nokia that also includes the development of its GPON network for mobile backhaul – China Mobile will deploy Nokia’s optical network terminal (ONT) home gateways to over 30 million users during 2017.
Using established FTTH networks, the new gateway will extend internet coverage in the home and enable IoT communications between devices and sensors. The ability to flexibly add software functions and enhanced analytics capabilities allows China Mobile to deploy and deliver a new intelligent home experience and associated services, said Federico Guillén, president of Nokia’s Fixed Networks Business Group.
“Our home gateway solution provides China Mobile with the ultra-broadband access technology they need to capitalize on IoT and deliver new services that support their evolving customer needs,” he said.
Roland Montagne, principal analyst at IDATE, cmmented that China Mobile is progressing fast as a converged telecoms operator – with more than 31 million FTTH subscribers – and has proven it can successfully leverage its extensive fiber access network to deliver ultra-broadband applications such as 4K TV services and gigabit access.
“With the addition of intelligent home gateway technology, China Mobile will be able to further differentiate its services, providing consumers with enhanced internet coverage in the home and a more seamless experience for connecting various devices and sensors,” Montagne said.