Shandong Netcom and Shanxi Netcom, two subsidiaries of China Netcom (CN), have selected Alcatel's (ALA) IP solution to expand and optimize their metropolitan networks across the Shandong and Shanxi provinces and broaden their IP-based data service portfolio.

The Alcatel solution will enable the two service providers to offer triple play services, including voice, data and video, as well as faster, highly reliable Internet access services for consumers and enterprises.

The two contracts were won through Alcatel Shanghai Bell, Alcatel's flagship Chinese company.

Under the terms of the contracts, Alcatel will deploy its 7750 Service Router (SR) in Qingdao, the major city in Shandong Province, and in Changzhi and Jincheng in Shanxi province. Upon completion of the projects in August 2006, residential customers of Shandong Netcom and Shanxi Netcom can enjoy high quality triple play and advanced Internet access services.

Enterprise users will also have access to Service Level Agreement (SLA)-based networking services like Layer 2 Virtual Private LAN service (VPLS) and Layer 3 virtual private networks (VPN), which are provided with IP/MPLS Quality of Service.

At present, Qingdao has the largest number of broadband customers in Shandong Province with over 500,000 subscribers, resulting in huge demand for advanced data services.

Today, all major Chinese operators including China Netcom, China Telecom, China Unicom, and China Mobile have selected the Alcatel 7750 Service Router to optimize the delivery of high-performance carrier data, voice and video services. Alcatel is involved in more than 40 triple play projects worldwide, and projects that the number of IPTV subscribers will grow to more than 70 million by 2010.

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