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China Unicom Selects Alcatel-Lucent to Deploy 3G Networks in 14 Provinces

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Alcatel Lucent says that it has been selected by China Unicom to deploy 3G W CDMA networks in 14 Chinese provinces. Initial network deployments in the cities of Tianjin, Baoding, Wenzhou, Taizhou, Guiyang and Guilin are expected to be completed in May, 2009.

No financial details were provided other than to say it is a "major contract", secured through Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell (ASB).

Under the terms of the contract, Alcatel-Lucent will provide its WCDMA solutions, including about 11000 Node B (Base stations), Home Location Register (HLR) data base system as well network maintenance and optimization in 14 provinces -- Hebei, Fujian Guangxi, Tianjin, Zhejiang, Jiangsu, Inner Mongolia, Jiangxi, Guizhou, Heilongjiang, Guangdong, Hunan, Shandong and Xinjiang.

By achieving a breakthrough in the four provinces of Fujian, Jiangxi, Heilongjiang, and Jiangsu, Alcatel-Lucent has expanded its position with China Unicom, adding 4 new 3G markets in addition to its existing 2G GSM base.

"China Unicom's selection of our solutions in 14 provinces further highlights Alcatel-Lucent's leadership in the W-CDMA market", said Olivia Qiu, head of Alcatel-Lucent in East Asia and President of Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell. "Alcatel-Lucent is committed to partner with China Unicom and worldwide operators to deploy leading-edge next generation networks enabling advanced multimedia and Web services."

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