Huawei bags 2G network upgrade contract from Everything Everywhere

10 May 2011

Chinese vendor Huawei has signed a deal with British mobile joint venture Everything Everywhere under which it will enhance the latter’s nationwide 2G network. Under the terms of the four-year deal Huawei will replace the entire second-generation network that the JV inherited from the sum of its parts, namely mobile network operators Orange UK and T-Mobile UK. Huawei claims that as a result of the network upgrade there will be a significant upgrade in coverage, both indoor and outdoor, and network capacity, while it has also claimed the infrastructure will be prepared for an expected evolution to 4G technologies, namely Long Term Evolution (LTE), in the coming years. Further, Everything Everywhere customers are expected to benefit from HD voice quality over the 2G network, similar to that which is already offered over the mobile operator’s 3G infrastructure. No financial details of the deal have been disclosed. Commenting on the development, Emin Gurdenli, Everything Everywhere’s vice president of network services, noted: ‘Huawei’s cutting-edge technology and professional, dedicated team with unrivalled global Radio Access Network experience will enable us to rapidly achieve our objective of building one of the biggest and best mobile networks in the UK and providing our customers with the best possible network experience.’

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