Nokia has signed three separate “frame agreements” worth a combined value of more than €2 billion with China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom. Under the agreements, Nokia will deploy technologies and services through 2019 to improve performance in fixed and mobile broadband networks across China, to meet the ever-growing demand as the operators move to 5G.

Scope of the agreements

  • For China Mobile, Nokia will deliver technologies and expertise across China: radio access, core, passive optical networks, IP routing and optical transport, SDN, network management and professional services.
  • Nokia will support China Telecom to improve country-wide LTE coverage and hot spot capacity. Nokia will provide its end-to-end portfolio and solutions for China Telecom, including FDD-LTE radio access, home CPE solutions, core routers, multi-service edge routers and optics, as well as services expertise. Both parties will also enhance 5G cooperation and accelerate China's 5G progress.
  • With China Unicom, Nokia will help deploy technologies across China, including Nokia FDD-LTE radio access, multi-access edge computing, virtualized IMS, SDN, IP routing and optical transport and fixed network equipment. Working with Nokia, China Unicom aims to enhance network quality and capacity to grow its LTE customer base, while researching and developing the expansion of IoT services and the evolution to 5G, including the use of artificial intelligence in networks.

Nokia will also provide its services expertise under the frame agreements, including network planning, implementation, systems integration, maintenance and performance optimization.

Demand for the internet, particularly on a mobile device, continues to rise in China, the world's most populous country. China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom are committed to delivering the highest quality service to their subscribers and will leverage products and services from across Nokia's end-to-end portfolio to enhance the speed, reliability and capacity of their networks.

"We are excited to continue our close collaboration with these important customers in China, to drive new levels of network performance as they transition toward 5G. Leveraging the breadth of our end-to-end network and services capabilities, we will work closely with China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom to deploy technologies that meet their specific business needs." — Mike Wang, president of Nokia Shanghai Bell