China Mobile and Nokia sign €1.36bn cloud network deal

14 June 2016 |

China Mobile and Nokia have signed a one-year €1.36 billion frame agreement to enable the operator’s move to a flexible cloud network infrastructure.

Under the agreement, Nokia will deploy its 5G-ready AirScale base station which is said to allow multiple radio technologies to operate simultaneously in one base station as well as what it claims to have “virtually unlimited scalability” to support 5G speed and IoT demand. 

"This is a highly significant agreement with our longstanding partner; it strengthens Nokia's position as a leading provider of next-generation technologies in China, and reflects our larger footprint in the country following the acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent," said Mike Wang, president of the joint management team of Nokia Networks China and ASB.

"We are committed to delivering mobile broadband capabilities that will allow operators to optimise their networks and open up new opportunities for them and their subscribers."

In addition Nokia will provide additional elements of its mobile radio access and core portfolio as well as fixed access, IP routing and optical transport, customer experience management, operational support system (OSS), third party products and global services expertise. 

Nokia and China Mobile plan to collaborate further to “define the products and services that will enable the operator to meet ever-growing demands” of internet users. The two companies have been working together to develop, trial and deploy new technologies to enable cloud connectivity as well as faster and more affordable internet access.