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| Lucent Gets Contract for Optical Net System from China
October 9, 1998 (BOSTON) -- Lucent Technologies won a US$19 million contract
to supply an optical networking system to the Fujian Posts and Telecommunications
|Fujian Posts is expanding its telecommunications network to meet its
customers' growing demand for voice and advanced services.
Fujian will be one of the first provinces in China to deploy dense wavelength
division multiplexing (DWDM) technology on a wide scale in an integrated
optical network solution. It will use the WaveStar optical networking
products from Lucent, which is based in Murray Hill, N.J.
Lucent's WaveStar optical networking system will enable Fujian -- which
will have one of the most advanced optical networks in China -- to expand
the capacity of some fiber-optic links by up to a factor of 16. Each
DWDM link will then have a capacity equivalent of up to a half a million
voice phone calls -- or more than 1,000 volumes of an encyclopedia --
The 2,440-kilometer-long network (about 3,900 miles), which is expected
to be in service by June 1999, will link nine key cities and a number
of counties in Fujian province in southeast China, where demand for
business and residential services is expanding. The new network will
enable Fujian to offer its customers multiple high-bandwidth services,
such as high-speed Internet access and video conferencing.
"This is a major milestone because it is the first time a province in
China is implementing a large scale, integrated synchronous digital
hierarchy (SDH) and DWDM optical network," said Michael Chan, Lucent
Technologies' vice president of optical networking, Asia-Pacific and
For Fujian's new state-of-the-art network Lucent will provide its SDH
add/drop multiplexers (WaveStar ADM 16/1 and ADM 4/1), SDH cross-connects
(WaveStar DACS 4/4/1), DWDM systems (WaveStar OLS 80G systems) and the
associated network management systems, which is called the Integrated
Transport Management (ITM) system. The ability to manage all of these
network elements with a single ITM is one of the advantages of Lucent's
China's Ministry of Information Industry is among the first worldwide
to extensively install DWDM systems to boost network capacity and lower
transmission costs. In August 1997, Lucent Technologies announced a
contract to supply and install the first high-speed, high capacity DWDM
Optical Line System in China's fiber-optic backbone telecommunications
network. This was for the 1,300-km (870-mile) route between Xian and
Wuhan. In June 1998, Lucent was awarded a number of DWDM contracts --
with a value of more than US$40 million -- to connect nine major Chinese
cities, with a total distance exceeding 12,000km (8,000 miles).
In China, Lucent Technologies has seven regional offices, six joint ventures
and two wholly-owned companies, with more than 2,000 employees. Lucent
Technologies of Shanghai Ltd., established in May 1989, is a joint venture
that manufactures SDH systems. In June 1995, the joint venture was granted
an ISO 9001 certificate, making it the first telecom company in China
to receive the certification. In the same year, it was ranked the top
telecom company in China by the China National Statistical Bureau. This
year the joint venture received ISO 14001 certification. Lucent is a
leading provider of optical networking systems in China.
In a separate development, Motorola's Asia Pacific Paging Networks Division
(APPND) opened a new Warranty Repair Center (WRC) in Beijing to serve
paging carriers in the country. Officiating at the opening was Jeffery
A. Dryjanski, vice president and general manager of Motorola's Asia
Pacific Paging Networks Division.
Over the last few years, the paging industry has grown significantly
in China. Motorola's APPND has installed more than 200 M15 paging systems,
and the installed base now tops 20 million subscribers. Since the commercial
launch of China Telecom's 198/199 FLEX Multi-Frequency nationwide paging
network in October 1997, Motorola has supplied its Wireless Messaging
System to 17 capital cities and seven provincial networks, with subscriber
capacity of well over 10 million. The Beijing paging infrastructure
Warranty Repair Center has been created in response to the fast growth
of demand for paging services.
The new center is equipped with replacement parts and staffed by skilled
engineering personnel who provide repairs and offer consultation services
to carriers. The center aims to reduce the cost and cycle time of repair,
allowing carriers to save costs and avoid downtime.
Currently employing 10 staff members, the center is targeted to expand
to include local service centers in Shanghai and Guangzhou for parts
replacement and field service.
(Lori Valigra, Asia BizTech Correspondent)