Telefonica Germany, Huawei sign LTE equipment contract

8 Apr 2011

Chinese equipment vendor Huawei has inked a deal with Telefonica Germany, which provides services under the O2 brand, for the supply of Long Term Evolution (LTE) infrastructure. Under the agreement, Telefonica will deploy LTE networks in several regions across Germany based on Huawei’s SingelRan platform. The vendor will provide Telefonica Germany with a complete radio network including LTE base stations (eNodeBs) for the southern and western regions, as well as the complete core network based on its Evolved Packet Core solution across the country. Huawei will also supply its LTE CPE router B390s for O2 customers, enabling mobile data access. At the same time, Telefonica Germany and Huawei extend their existing GSM/UMTS equipment contracts which will see the operator’s UMTS network upgraded to HSPA+ offering a maximum download speed of 21Mbps. Telefonica Germany aims to roll out LTE in around 1,500 locations in 2011. The company is using spectrum in the 800MHz and 2.6GHz frequency bands acquired in Germany’s mobile spectrum auction, which concluded in May 2010.