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Huawei to manage Three's core network

Mobile operator Three has struck up a new deal with networking and telecommunications equipment firm Huawei.

The Chinese multinational will take charge of running Three's core UK network, transport network and ICT applications. However, Huawei has subcontracted the ICT management to Indian company Tech Mahindra.

"The decision to select Huawei to manage core network operations follows a rigorous procurement process. We chose the partner that best met our requirements and which matched our long-term vision of how our network should be managed," said David Dyson, CEO of Three UK.

The partnership sees Huawei replace Swedish outfit Ericsson, which previously held a similar contract with Three. As a result, 200 Ericsson employees will be transferred to Three, and a separate contingent will make the move from Three to Huawei or Tech Mahindra.

"This partnership is just one of a series that sees us enhance the capability of our Ultrafast network. The partnership means the existing team experience will continue to support the management of our core network," Dyson continued.

"Huawei is very pleased to be selected by Three for the operations management of its core network," said Victor Zhang, CEO of Huawei UK. "The agreement is an important step in building a world-class managed services capability."

This follows news that Huawei is planning to invest £56 million into a research and development centre in Helsinki, as part of its European expansion strategy.