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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 Administration.
    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 -- per second.

    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 China.

    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 WaveStar products.

    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)

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    Updated: Thu Oct 8 14:57:32 1998 PDT