China Mobile will deploy home gateways to more than 30 million fiber-based homes across the country this year, part of the service provider's initiative to support better service, gigabit speeds and enable IoT.
In partnership with Nokia, the CSP plans to support residential customers across 29 of China's provinces, Nokia said in a release. The vendor's optical network terminal (ONT) home gateways leverage China Mobile's existing FTTH networks.
"China Mobile is progressing fast as a converged telecommunications operator -- with more than 31 million FTTH subscribers -- and has proven it can successfully leverage its extensive fiber access network to deliver ultra-broadband applications such as 4K TV services and gigabit access to customers across various provinces," said Roland Montagne, principal analyst at Idate , in a statement. "With the addition of intelligent home gateway technology, China Mobile will be able to further differentiate its services, providing consumers with enhanced Internet coverage in the home and a more seamless experience for connecting various devices and sensors."
This new contract extends a prior long-term fixed networks pact between the two companies. The prior partnership included development of China Mobile's GPON network for mobile backhaul.
Two Chinese CSPs -- China Telecom and China Unicom -- lead the region (and world) in fiber deployment, the analyst said. FTTH/B is very successful in this region, in part, due to less competition from vDSL and cable, he said. In addition, existing copper deployments can suffer from poor quality, said Montagne.
"China is a leader on fiber to the home," he told workshop attendees.
China Telecom, for example, has proposed implementing FTTH and 4K television simultaneously in order to create the first Chinese province that's 100% FTTH-covered within three years, Montagne added.
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