Nokia bags $2.3b in deals with China’s three operators

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Nokia says it has signed three separate frame agreements worth a combined value of more than 2 billion euros ($2.3 billion) with China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom to facilitate their respective transitions to 5G.

Under the agreements, Nokia will deploy technologies and services to improve performance in fixed and mobile broadband networks across China to meet growing demand.

For China Mobile, Nokia will deliver technologies and expertise across China, including radio access, core, passive optical networks, IP routing and optical transport, SDN, network management and professional services.

For China Telecom, Nokia will supply solutions to improve country-wide 4G LTE coverage and hot spot capacity, including FDD-LTE radio access, home CPE solutions, core routers, multi-service edge routers and optics. Both parties will also enhance 5G cooperation and accelerate China’s 5G progress.

And for China Unicom, Nokia will help deploy technologies across the country including Nokia FDD-LTE radio access, multi-access edge computing, virtualized IMS, SDN, IP routing and optical transport, and fixed network equipment. China Unicom aims to enhance network quality and capacity to grow its 4G LTE customer base, while researching and developing the expansion of IoT services and evolution to 5G, including the use of artificial intelligence in networks.

Nokia will also provide services under the frame agreements, including network planning, implementation, systems integration, maintenance and performance optimization.

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