Huawei secures LTE network deal under the noses of Ericsson and NSN

6 Nov 2009

Chinese equipment vendor Huawei announced yesterday that it has won a tender to construct Telenor a fourth generation mobile network in Norway, beating Scandinavian companies Ericsson and Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) to the prize. The contract is valued at NOK1 billion (USD175.6 million) over the next five years and is the largest Long Term Evolution (LTE) deal in Europe to date. Pending approval from the board, the six-year deal will also merge Telenor’s older Ericsson and NSN constructed networks into the new network and includes the delivery of equipment across technology generations and frequency bands, as well as multi-base stations for 2G, 3G/UMTS and 4G/LTE. Telenor said that Starent would supply the core network as part of the deal.