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China Mobile partners with Nokia to build 100G optical network

August 22, 2016

China Mobile will use optical networking technology from Nokia to expand mobile broadband services on the world's largest 4G network.

The Finnish communications and IT company said last week that it has been awarded over 30% of China Mobile's project to construct a 100G optical network.

As part of a frame agreement between Nokia and China Mobile, Nokia will deploy a 100G Optical Transport Network (OTN) and Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) backbone based on its recently announced 1830 PSS-24X packet optical transport system.

According to Nokia this optical platform will support China Mobile's "Broadband China" strategy, helping the operator to deploy services rapidly and providing scalable capacity for a wide range of cloud-based mobile services delivered to its 4G subscriber base of over 400 million.

At the heart of the network architecture is a four port 100G DWDM line card for the Nokia 1830 PSS-24X, which together with CFP2 analog coherent pluggable optics enables China Mobile to simply and quickly add optical capacity as needed.

Mike Wang, head of the joint management team of Nokia Networks China and Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell (ASB), commented: "This is a crucial win with our longstanding partner. With our innovative 100G OTN solution, we are able to help China Mobile meet the higher requirements for large-scale 4G construction. We are committed to delivering the latest optical transmission innovations to enable China Mobile to optimize their networks and open up new opportunities for their subscribers."

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