Friday, March 28, 2014

China Mobile Awards EUR 750 Million Contract to ALU

China Mobile has awarded a one-year comprehensive frame agreement valued at up to Euro 750 million to Alcatel-Lucent to provide technology that will move the world’s largest mobile service provider to an all-IP ultra-broadband network paving the way for future network functions virtualization (NFV) and cloud-based services.

Alcatel-Lucent said the deal makes it a key provider of technology ranging from IP networking to ultra-broadband access , including, but not limited to:

  • Wireless ultra-broadband access technology, such as lightRadio 4G TD-LTE overlay and upgrades to existing networks in preparation for 4G TD-LTE deployment as well as the lighRadio Metro Radio Outdoor (MRO) Small Cells co-created by China Mobile and Alcatel-Lucent.
  • IP Networking, such as Evolved Packet Core (EPC), IP routing technology and next generation optics transmission, such as OTN 100G technology.
  • Fixed ultra-broadband access technology, such as GPON.
  • Professional services.

"This is a significant achievement of Alcatel-Lucent and essentially makes us a key technology provider in virtually every aspect of China Mobile’s growing mobile ultra-broadband network.  We have worked side-by-side with China Mobile throughout many developments in mobile technology, including the development of 4G TD-LTE.  We are continuing that close collaboration as China Mobile moves to the next level of ultra-broadband through NFV supporting future cloud applications and services," stated Michel Combes, CEO of Alcatel-Lucent.

The announcement coincides with a visit to France by Chinese president Xi Jinping to commemorate the 50th anniversary of French-Chinese diplomatic relations.

Aerohive Completes IPO

Aerohive Networks completed an initial public offering  and its shares began trading on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the ticker symbol "HIVE".

Aerohive specializes in controller-less Wi-Fi and cloud-managed mobile networking for the enterprise market.  The company claims deployments in over 13,000 enterprises worldwide.

Aerohive was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California.