Huawei has been awarded a five-year agreement by Vodafone to expand the Single Radio Access Network (SingleRAN) for its "Project Spring" Phase 1 programme across the world. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Specifically, Huawei said it will supply products and services for Vodafone radio access networks in 15 countries including the UK, Germany, Italy, Spain, Romania, Czech Republic, Hungary, Greece, Turkey, Egypt, South Africa, Mozambique, Lesotho, DRC and Ghana. The deployments will use Huawei's SingleRAN solutions and beam-forming Active Antenna System.
Huawei 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. We believe our innovative technology helps our customers accelerate the transformation of the mobile broadband experience they offer both to consumers and enterprises."
- In February, Ericsson and NSN each announced their selection for Vodafone's Project Spring.
- In November 2013, Vodafone announced "Project Spring" to seize the attractive long-term opportunities and mitigate adverse factors in the telecommunications sector. The announcement, which builds on the "Vodafone 2015 Strategy announced in November 2012, boosts the company's CAPEX spending by £7.0 billion through 2016 with the expectation that the European economies will begin to recover in the medium term.
Project Spring spending plans include an investment in Europe of around £3 billion to deliver deeper 3G coverage and capacity This will accelerate the 4G network build, supported by single RAN and high capacity backhaul. In AMAP, Vodafone will invest around £1.5 billion to extend 3G coverage across major cities and key regions to provide wider voice coverage and the best data experience. Vodafone will invest approximately £1 billion in unified communications. In Europe, Vodafone will increase xDSL and fibre footprint to provide competitive unified communications solutions. In AMAP, Vodafone will establish a fibre footprint to enable converged services in key business areas.