Vodafone Spain has reportedly struck a deal with Chinese vendor Huawei under which the latter will take responsibility for maintaining its HFC network. According to Spanish news outlet Expansion, a five-year contract has been agreed between the two companies, with this rumoured to be worth around EUR200 million (USD215 million). It is understood that some 230 Vodafone Spain employees will be transferred to work with Huawei as part of the deal.
This represents the second tie-up between the two companies this month, with TeleGeography having previously reported that Huawei had been contracted to carry out an upgrade of Vodafone Spain’s fixed broadband infrastructure. As per these plans, it was confirmed that the Spanish operator aims to deploy DOCSIS 3.1 technology with a view to boosting both downlink and uplink speeds to more than 1Gbps. This network upgrade is already underway in the country’s main cities, while Vodafone Spain expects to have extended the enhanced connectivity nationwide within the next two years.