China Unicom has launched an ambitious Fiber to the Premises (FTTP) product that will serve 29 provinces in the country.
To make this network build a reality, the service provider is going to leverage Alcatel-Lucent's (NYSE: ALU) GPON equipment, including its 7360 Intelligent Services Access Manager (ISAM) FX.
While China Unicom is building out a GPON-based network, the 7360 ISAM can also support other FTTP technology flavors, including EPON, point-to-point fiber with the ability to support both Fiber to the Home and Fiber to the Building (FTTB) deployment scenarios.
When the GPON deployment is complete, China Unicom plans to offer subscribers speeds of up to 100 Mbps in addition to other bandwidth-hungry services such as IPTV, video on demand, and VoIP.
News of the deal with China Unicom confirms the fact that Alcatel-Lucent along with fellow rival Ericsson can be a growing competitor in the China market that's been traditionally dominated by Huawei.
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