Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Alcatel-Lucent helps operator cope with increased data in nine Chinese cities

Steve Rogerson
December 10, 2015
Alcatel-Lucent is expanding the deployment of its 7950 XRS IP Core Router with China Unicom to meet high-traffic demand in nine Chinese cities, while helping the operator prepare its network for continuing high data growth.
Densely populated cities served by metro networks are experiencing huge increases in internet data centre traffic as more consumers and businesses demand high-bandwidth cloud-based video services. China Unicom is aiming to ensure its metro networks can meet the surging capacity demands of a growing base of more than 400 million fixed and mobile broadband subscribers into the future.
Alcatel-Lucent is deploying the router in nine cities within the Jiangsu, Shandong, Jiangxi, Qinghai and Inner Mongolia provinces. This will provide China Unicom with a more flexible, intelligent network that offers the scalability and capacity to meet future traffic demands, allowing it to deliver on the goals of the National China Broadband Plan. Deployment will be completed towards the end of 2016.
“China is one of the world’s telecommunications markets and demand for broadband is exploding, particularly in high-traffic metro networks,” said Yuan Xin, chairman and CEO of Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell. “We are proud our IP core routing technology plays an increasingly important role in helping China Unicom build out its next generation core network to meet this demand.”
The router is being deployed within the 14 metro network nodes of the nine cities. The possibility to evolve to 400G interfaces in its metro backbone network using the 7950 XRS will allow China Unicom to meet the upcoming customer data demand and pave the way for the future expansion of high-quality cloud-services while optimising costs.
The China Broadband Plan aims to provide broadband access to all urban and rural areas in the country by 2020 with a minimum of 50Mbit/s in urban areas and 12Mbit/s in rural areas.
The French company is also deploying its 7950 router in China Mobile’s CMNet national IP backbone network serving the world’s largest subscriber base. This will let the operator meet the growing needs of its 820 million subscribers with high-speed and quality over the next decade of increased data demand.
Adoption of 4G LTE wireless and cloud-based video services, as well as increasing application of the IoT, will drive unprecedented levels of data traffic over China Mobile’s network in the future – with capacity expected to reach 180Tbit by 2017 and 500Tbit by 2020.
To prepare for this growth into the next decade, China Mobile aims to simplify its network structure and optimise costs. Application of the routing technology should provide a flexible, intelligent network, allowing China Mobile to meet it’s goals under the Broadband China plan while delivering high-capacity scalable business and residential services. Deployment will be completed towards the end of 2016.
“This contract continues our strategic collaboration with China Mobile in the IP domain,” said Yuan Xin. “Leveraging the XRS core technology in its IP backbone network will enable China Mobile to meet the evolving demands of its rapidly growing subscriber base. The application of our IP edge portfolio will strengthen both China Mobile’s backhaul capabilities and drive new capacity in the metro networks to meet the next decade of demand.”