China Unicom, Nokia expands metro network partnership into 4 provinces

China Unicom is set to leverage Nokia’s 7950 XRS metro core router in a total of 10 provinces to help address surging internet traffic and support the country’s national broadband plan.

China Unicom had initially selected Nokia’s large-capacity core router platform, the 7950 Extensible Routing System (XRS), for its flexibility and scalability into metro networks in six provinces- Beijing, Shandong, Jiangsu, Jiangxi, Inner Mongolia and Qinghai.

It now plans to scale out to an additional four including Heilongjiang, Henan, Zhejiang and Hunan to improve speed and response times for the fixed and mobile broadband subscribers and meet future capacity demands.

"We are honoured to continue our work with China Unicom in the CR-B core router segment," said Mike Wang, head of the joint management team of Nokia Networks China and ASB.

"Leveraging the Nokia 7950 XRS platform, China Unicom gains the bandwidth, flexibility and programmability necessary to manage its growing networks and to better meet the needs of the country's ambitious broadband strategy."

The 7950 XRS platform helps to address the full range of core networking requirements, including internet routing, IP peering, Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS), IDC interconnecting and infrastructure services.

In 2013 China launched its Broadband China initiative to invest $182 billion to boost the speed and quality of internet services across the country. The aim is to reduce the digital divide by providing businesses and urban and rural citizens with national broadband coverage by 2020.

In keeping with this initiative, China Unicom is investing in improving the scale and capacity of its networks.