Alcatel-Lucent awarded bids for its ground-breaking IP core router by China Telecom, China Unicom and China Mobile

PARIS, France, Oct. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- China Telecom, China Unicom and China Mobile – the three biggest telecommunications service providers in China – have each chosen the 7950 XRS (Extensible Routing System) from Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) for their IP-based core networking needs in order to meet rapidly accelerating demand for fixed and mobile broadband access in the nation of almost 1.4 billion people.

The 7950 XRS core router is the 'traffic cop' that directs data traffic at the heart of an IP network, handling multiple Terabits of data per second. The system, which offers industry-unique benefits in space saving and energy efficiency, provides operators with up to five times the data capacity of other core routers on the market.

China is anticipating massive growth of data and video in the coming years for residential and enterprise customers due to increasing demand for high-definition content, on-demand viewing, multi-screen delivery, the widespread use of smart-phones and tablets and the rapid adoption of cloud applications.

The first scale commercial deployments of the 7950 XRS in China will enable China Telecom, China Unicom and China Mobile, to address this expected explosion of demand for capacity over the next five years, as well as supporting the operators' contributions to China's national 'Broadband China' strategy. 

The selection of the 7950 XRS is the result of a recent central bidding process for IP core routers. The deployments will mark the first scale commercial use of the system in China.

Key Facts:

  • In the China Telecom 2014 400G-enabled core router central bid, Alcatel-Lucent successfully secured Jiangsu province and Shanghai city, two areas with the highest demand for network traffic, out of the five bidding areas.
  • In the China Unicom 2014 all Ethernet core router central bid, Alcatel-Lucent was selected as the sole supplier.
  • Alcatel-Lucent was also selected as the sole supplier for the China Mobile 2014 high-performance Ethernet router central bid.
  • Alcatel-Lucent's 7950 XRS core router directs the data traffic at the heart of a network, handling multiple Terabits of data per second and providing up to five times the capacity of other core routers on the market.
  • The7950 XRS system delivers significant operational cost savings by reducing requirements for physical footprint and power consumption, requiring only a single watt to switch a Gigabit per second worth of traffic. The 7950 XRS can save on reduced footprint and power costs by 50 percent over a five-year period of network growth.
  • The 7950 XRS is based on Alcatel-Lucent's Service Router Operating System (SROS) which is the foundation for a consistent, simplified and reliable operating environment across Alcatel-Lucent's entire IP portfolio.


Michel Combes, CEO of Alcatel-Lucent said: "These first scale commercial deployments in China of the world's most powerful core router will provide China Telecom, China Unicom and China Mobile, with the increased capacity needed to meet internet service demand in the world's largest market. The experience gained in China will lay a solid foundation for future deployments of the 7950 XRS across the entire region of APAC." 


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