Nokia signs €2bn agreement with three Chinese operators

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Nokia has entered into three different framework agreements with China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom, worth more than €2 billion.

Under the terms of the agreements, Nokia will rollout technologies and services to improve the performance of fixed and mobile broadband networks across China, to meet the increasing demand as operators journey towards 5G.

"We are excited to continue our close collaboration with these important customers in China, to drive new levels of network performance as they transition toward 5G,” said Mike Wang, president of Nokia Shanghai Bell. “Leveraging the breadth of our end-to-end network and services capabilities, we will work closely with China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom to deploy technologies that meet their specific business needs."

Internet demand, especially mobile internet continues to grow in China. As a result, China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom say they are committed to delivering the best quality of service to its customers and will use products from Nokia’s portfolio through to the end of 2019.

For China Mobile Nokia will deploy technologies combined with expertise in the areas of: radio access, core, passive optical networks, IP routing and optical transport, SDN, network management and professional services.

Nokia will support China Telecom to improve its 4G-LTE coverage and hotspot capacity. For them Nokia will deploy its end-to-end portfolio and solutions including FDD-LTE radio access, home CPE solutions, core routers, multi-service edge routers and optics. In addition, both companies will collaborate on a 5G cooperation and help accelerate China's 5G progress.

As for China Unicom Nokia will roll out its Nokia FDD-LTE radio access, Multi-access Edge Computing, virtualized IMS, SDN, IP routing and optical transport, and fixed network equipment. Additionally, the two will enhance the network quality and capacity to grow China Unicom’s 4G LTE customer base, while developing IoT services and the evolution to 5G, including the use of artificial intelligence in networks.