Huawei completes Telefonica O2 Germany network upgrade

30 Sep 2009

Chinese network solutions provider Huawei has completed what it claims to be Germany’s largest ever live network upgrade for telecoms operator Telefonica O2 Germany. ‘It is a great achievement. 494 days after signing the contract we reached the most important milestone with the biggest swap project in O2’s history,’ said Manfred Kickartz, Telefonica O2 Germany’s vice president of its Network Region South division. Huawei has deployed its SingleRAN solution for a GSM/UMTS converged network in the south of Germany, covering major cities such as Munich and Stuttgart. SingleRAN enables operators to achieve full convergence of multi-mode wireless networks, including base stations and base station controllers. ‘The successful completion of Germany’s largest ever network upgrade reflects our strong capability in delivery,’ commented Walter Haas, CTO of Huawei Germany, adding, ‘This state-of-the-art network will be significantly enhanced in coverage quality and able to meet the operator’s demands for increased data traffic.’ The vendor will also deliver an additional 3,000 base stations to the operator’s wireless division as part of its network expansion.