Franco-American telecoms gear maker Alcatel-Lucent will supply third generation (3G) mobile networks to China Unicom in some 14 provinces, it said on Monday.
China is a strategic market for suppliers of 3G mobile networks as the economic downturn has screwed a tight lid on operators' investment budgets.
Alcatel-Lucent will equip Unicom with mobile networks that support services such as media streaming, video sharing and high-speed Internet access. Financial details were not divulged.
Ericsson said earlier this month it had also been retained to build 3G infrastructure for China Unicom in 15 provinces.