French telecom gear maker Alcatel has inked a multimillion deal to supply 180,000 DSL lines in China.
Zhejiang Telecom has selected Alcatel's Chinese subsidiary Alcatel Shanghai Bell. In May, Zhejiang Telecom tapped Alcatel for 80,000 lines. Alcatel's lines will cover the cities of Hangzhou, Ningbo and Wenzhou.
The Chinese telecom is in its second phase of DSL expansion. The company is working to expand its current line capacity of 250,000 to 600,000.
Alcatel has been working to establish itself as a market leader in China. According to research from Dell'Oro Group, Alcatel has captured 40 percent of the DSL market in China. To date, the company has supplied 360,000 DSL lines in the Zhejiang Province, which represents roughly 60 percent of that market, according to Alcatel.
DSL has become the high-speed access of choice in China. In June 2002, China had 1.12 million DSL subscribers, and that number is expected to more than double by the end of the year, according to the China Center for Information Industry Development.