Monday, August 28, 2006

China Netcom Deploys Alcatel's NGN in Hei Longjiang

Hei Longjiang Netcom, a subsidiary of China Netcom, has selected Alcatel's Next Generation Network (NGN) platform. The project is the first province-wide fixed network migration for China Netcom. Upon completion, which is expected at the end of September 2006, seven million subscribers of Hei Longjiang Netcom will be able to access multimedia services such as prepaid phone, color ring back tones, universal personal telecommunications (UPT), free calls from the internet (Web 800), and click-to-dial.

The deployment includes the Alcatel 5020 Softswitch, Alcatel 7510 Media Gateway and Alcatel 1430 Unified Home Subscriber Server as well as the Alcatel 1540 Multi-service Access Gateway. Alcatel will also provide network design and integration, deployment, maintenance and on-going support for Hei Longjiang Netcom. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Prior to this project, Alcatel was selected by China Netcom to deploy a nationwide long-distance NGN trial network covering all 31 provinces of China. The company noted that it is involved with more than 90 NGN projects globally, including operators such as BT, Asia Pacific Telecom Group (Taiwan) and Telekom Austria.

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