Nokia has won an order worth just over $1.5 billion to supply network upgrades to China Mobile.

Under the agreement, Nokia will deploy its AirScale Base Station, which allows multiple radio technologies to operate simultaneously in one base station and offers scalability to support 5G speeds and IoT demand.

Nokia will also provide additional elements of its mobile radio access and core portfolio in addition to fixed access, IP routing and optical transport, customer experience management, operational support system (OSS) and third party products as well as its global Services expertise.

Going forward, Nokia and China Mobile will work to define the products and services that will enable the operator to meet ever-growing demands in a country where the majority of Internet users – 620 million of a total 688 million – use mobile devices to connect. Mobile phones were the most popular choice for 71.5 percent of new users accessing the Internet in China during 2015.

Mike Wang, President of the joint management team of Nokia Networks China and ASB, said: “This is a highly significant agreement with our longstanding partner; it strengthens Nokia’s position as a leading provider of next-generation technologies in China, and reflects our larger footprint in the country following the acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent.”