According to a report in the Hungarian national daily Nepszabadsag, Vodafone Hungary is switching supplier for its 3G network in Hungary. The company will now use Huawei Technologies of China rather than Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN), marking the Chinese firms’ first major contract in eastern Europe. Vodafone has reportedly begun the process of replacing NSN components of its 3G network with gear supplied by Huawei. The Chinese company is also considering setting up its regional headquarters in Hungary, the paper said.
In a separate story, rival mobile operator T-Mobile Hungary says it has now expanded 3G/HSDPA mobile coverage to 100 settlements, or more than 47% of the population, double the figure it reported at the end of last year. Recently covered areas include Kazincbarcika, Karcag, Bekes, Kalocsa, Oroszlany, Szentes and Tata.