ZTE Corporation, the fastest growing global provider of telecommunications equipment and network solutions, is to provide China Telecom, the country´s largest fixed-line operator, with its largest metropolitan intelligent fixed-line NGN network.
The commercial trial network will be located in Shanghai, one of the most economically developed and densely populated Chinese cities, which has around 10 million fixed-line and PHS subscribers. It will mainly employ ZTE Fixed-line 3G@NGN solutions for provisioning enhanced calling services and data services.
The first phase of the intelligent network will be in operation by July 2006, provisioning an assortment of services including polyphonic ringtones, number portability, prepaid fixed lines, synchronous rings, etc..
"The large subscriber base makes any service deployment in Shanghai very complicated," said Mr Huang Dabin, Vice General Manager of ZTE Network Division. "We are proud of being chosen for the network updating and improvement, which will largely advance the network´s intelligence, mobility and multimedia features."
"ZTE Fixed-line 3G@NGN solutions are based on industry standard technologies backed by ZTE´s own patented developments. With a diverse portfolio of migration approaches to next generation networks, our NGN solutions give operators the ability to select the best-fit option for scalable network development."
The China Telecom agreement is just the latest NGN success for ZTE which was the first Chinese member of ISC (International Softswitch Consortium). Since embarking on a feasibility analysis of the technology in 1998, ZTE has constructed China´s first commercial network based on Softswitch technology and installed around 200 NGN networks in countries including Indonesia, Pakistan and the Philippines.
In 2005, ZTE has notched up a series of global NGN wins. In July, ZTE was chosen to build Central Asia´s first commercial NGN network following an agreement with Tajikistan´s major fixed line operator, Tajiktelecom. In September the American telco Corisat selected ZTE to build a network enabled by ZTE NGN solutions to deliver enhanced calling services and wholesale VoIP services across America and Latin-America. In December, Emcali, one of Colombia´s four major fixed-line operators, chose ZTE to provide the infrastructure for its upgraded Softswitch-based Next Generation Network.