Chinese mobile network equipment manufacturer Huawei has won a four year contract from UK telecom venture Everything Everywhere.
Under its first major UK contract, Huawei will be responsible for replacing the Everything Everywhere’s 2G infrastructure over the course of two years. Everything Everywhere was formed with the merger of T-Mobile and Orange.
The 2G network being used by the company is quite old and Huawei will replace it with new hardware which will provide greater sensitivity and better coverage for users.
According to an article on The Register, Huawei will outfit the new 2G hardware with the capability to upgrade to a 4G network in the future. However, Everything Everywhere has yet to announce its plans for the next generation LTE 4G technology.
Neither company released financial details of the four-year contract, but it is likely worth hundreds of million of dollars. Huawei is trying to expand its presence in the international market and the deal marks a significant milestone in its efforts.
Huawei will only upgrade the 2G network, which includes Edge and GPRS, as Everything Everywhere’s 3G network is managed by a joint venture formed by T-Mobile and Three.