Norway’s Telenor Group has inked a five-year deal with Chinese vendor Huawei under which the latter will supply radio access network (RAN) equipment and professional services. This Global Frame Agreement will reportedly focus on modernising existing 2G and 3G networks while also providing Telenor’s subsidiaries with ‘leading 2G, 3G and 4G technologies through Huawei’s innovative solutions and professional services’. Commenting on the deal, Hilde Tonne, EVP and Head of Group Industrial Development at Telenor Group noted: ‘We are pleased that Huawei continues to invest and leverage their innovation in mobile technology with Telenor. LTE is a key area of focus for Telenor and with Huawei global experience in building and supplying radio access equipment and professional services, Telenor will continue to bring superior mobile broadband experiences to end users.’
This deal represents the latest in a line of notable deals struck between the two companies; with Huawei having been selected by Telenor Global Services (TGS) as the sole partner for the latter’s Voice & IP network renovation across ten countries in September 2011, in January 2013 Telenor Group and Huawei inked a three-year strategic cooperation framework contract for IP microwave technologies under which the Chinese firm said it would deploy its end-to-end IP microwave solution for LTE backhaul in order to support Telenor’s plans to deploy 4G networks on a large scale.