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Huawei Ousts NSN in Belgium

Michelle Donegan
Wireless Bits
Michelle Donegan
11/24/2009

6:55 AM -- Belgium is the latest country to have bad news for Nokia Networks .

After Nokia Siemens' second defeat in a Nortel Networks Ltd. asset auction and the vendor's recent loss of a strategic upgrade contract at Telenor Group (Nasdaq: TELN) in Norway, the vendor now must swallow that it will be ripped out of the radio access network at Belgacom SA (Euronext: BELG)'s mobile operator, Proximus . (See Huawei's Nordic Coup, Ciena Beats NSN to Buy Nortel's MEN, Nortel's MEN: Winners & Losers, and Ericsson Delivers Knockout Blow to NSN.)

Proximus plans to replace its entire radio access networks across GSM, UMTS, as well as LTE, with Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. 's SingleRAN base stations. The base stations that will be replaced are from Nokia Siemens, according to a Proximus spokesman. (See Proximus Picks Huawei.)

Belgium isn't a huge market -- Proximus, for one, has just more than 5 million subscribers -- but for Nokia Siemens, this deal is another strategic blow. (See Nokia Siemens Revamps, Cuts Jobs and NSN COO Vanishes Into Finnair.)

— Michelle Donegan, European Editor, Unstrung

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