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  • Lucent Urges China to Enhance Telecom Network
  • October 26, 1998 (BEIJING) -- The biggest problem facing China's telecommunications industry is how to raise the efficiency of the existing network to generate higher returns on investment, according to Rau C. Chang, vice president of Lucent Technologies (China) Co., Ltd.
    Chang said that as a major partner of the Chinese telecommunications industry, Lucent has noticed the evolution of information technology is proceeding faster than construction of telecommunications networks in China.

    Chang noted that the time interval between generations of new telecommunications technology is becoming increasingly shorter, and that the integration of voice, data and frame communications is the trend of the future for telecommunications.

    China has to improve the planning, construction, operation and maintenance of existing networks in order to realize the highest possible return for its huge investment in telecommunications, he said.

    Chang suggested China should take into consideration the trend of technological development in the world today as it builds its telecommunications networks. For example, localities should give priority to data communications while building local networks.

    According to Chang, China's telecommunications market may see the fastest growth in such sectors as intelligent exchanges, Internet service, transmission, fiber optic cable networks and network management. This shows that China's telecommunications network still has a large potential to be tapped.

    China invests several hundred billion RMB in construction of telecommunications infrastructure every year. China Telecom, one of the country's major service providers, has spent US$11 billion introducing foreign technologies and equipment over the past three years.

    Lucent accounts for 40 percent of the optic transmission equipment market in China, which has developed the largest fiber optic cable network in the world. Lucent obtained six of the nine construction projects for trunk optic cables put forward by China Telecom in international bidding this year.

    (Xinhua News Agency)

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    Updated: Fri Oct 23 14:57:51 1998 PDT