December 12, 2013 / 4:16 PM / 4 years ago

Alcatel-Lucent wins second major China deal

PARIS, Dec 12 (Reuters) - China Telecom has picked Alcatel-Lucent to supply its next-generation 4G technology for a nationwide trial of high-speed mobile broadband, the French telecom gear maker said on Thursday.

Alcatel will supply 9,892 base stations in 12 Chinese provinces under the deal - similar to the amount needed to provide adequate coverage in a country the size of France. It will also supply “lightRadio” small-cell technology, which are akin to mini-mobile antennas for urban or indoor areas.

The Chinese market is the world’s largest in terms of subscribers, mobile data services and smartphones, increasing by more than 50 percent a year, according to Alcatel. China Telecom has more than 181 million mobile customers.

The latest contract, for which no financial details were given, comes around three months after Alcatel won a share of 4G contracts worth around $3.2 billion from China Mobile Ltd , which has more than 750 million subscribers.

China is an increasingly important market for Alcatel-Lucent, whose biggest and most profitable country remains the United States.

Chinese firms secured more than half of the work on the nationwide roll-out of the world’s biggest high-speed mobile broadband network, with Alcatel’s award amounting to 11 percent.

Alcatel shares were 1 percent lower at 3.3 euros by 1544 GMT, compared with a 0.3 percent dip in the broader French market. The European technology index was 0.4 percent lower. (Reporting by James Regan; Editing by Elaine Hardcastle)

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