Hot on the heels of announcing deals with Ericsson and Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN), UK-based Vodafone Group is now said to have signed a contract with Chinese vendor Huawei Technologies for its Project Spring organic investment programme. In a press release published by Huawei, it confirmed that it had been awarded a five-year deal by the British company under which it will expand the latter’s Single Radio Access Network (SingleRAN) across a number of countries as part of the first phase of the Project Spring programme. As per the terms of the deal Huawei said it will deliver a number of network enhancement projects including both products and services for Vodafone radio access networks in 15 countries, those being: the UK, Germany, Italy, Spain, Romania, Czech Republic, Hungary, Greece, Turkey, Egypt, South Africa, Mozambique, Lesotho, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Ghana. Huawei noted that it will deploy its SingleRAN solutions and beam-forming Active Antenna System for the project with a view to expanding and strengthening Vodafone’s mobile coverage, enhancing customer experience and improving operational efficiency. The vendor also claimed that its SingleRAN solutions will allow Vodafone to support wireless communications services on a single network infrastructure, under multiple mobile communications standards (2G, 3G, and LTE), while the beam-forming Active Antenna System will greatly simplify the antenna deployment and improve data throughput performance.
Commenting on the development, Huawei’s rotating CEO Eric Xu, said: ‘Huawei is honoured to have been entrusted by Vodafone with this global project. Over the last few years, together with Vodafone, we have successfully demonstrated the performance, reliability and efficiency of Huawei’s SingleRAN solutions. We look forward to working on this extension of our long-standing strategic relationship, which reflects the increasing demand for high-quality mobile broadband networks we are seeing globally as 4G grows in popularity.’