PARISChina Telecom will significantly expand its broadband access network, bringing such services as IPTV, video on demand and VoIP to millions of homes in China, with help from Alcatel-Lucent.

The 100 million euro ($125 million) contract – secured through Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell, Alcatel-Lucent’s flagship company in China – will lead to the deployment of fiber-to-the-home networks across China’s 31 provinces, enabling China Telecom to serve millions of households with a wide range of high-speed services and guaranteed quality of service.

The project is a key milestone in China Telecom’s ambitious ‘Broadband China, Fiber Cities’ plan, which was launched at the beginning of 2011 to bring FTTH coverage to 100 million households and 30 million subscribers by 2015. The project is also closely aligned with China’s National Broadband Strategy.

Alcatel-Lucent will supply China Telecom with its 7360 Intelligent Services Access Manager (ISAM) system, which supports GPON as well as EPON broadband technologies. The ISAM family is a cornerstone of Alcatel-Lucent’s High Leverage Network architecture.