Getting Closer: Huawei Scores 4G Deals in Canada

Bell Canada and Telus ink deals with Huawei to deploy LTE in Canada as the Chinese vendor gets closer to the US

Dan Jones, Mobile Editor

February 9, 2012

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Getting Closer: Huawei Scores 4G Deals in Canada

Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. has sealed Long Term Evolution (LTE) network deals with BCE Inc. (Bell Canada) (NYSE/Toronto: BCE) and Telus Corp. (NYSE: TU; Toronto: T) in Canada.

Huawei says they mark its first LTE radio access network wins with top-tier carriers in North America. The company closed the deals with the operators Thursday at a signing ceremony in Beijing, with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper in attendance.

Bell Canada says that its LTE network already covers 3.5 million Canadians. Telus plans to launch its 4G offering this Friday. Both are following Rogers Wireless Communications Inc. (NYSE: RCN; Toronto: RCM) into the LTE market.

This has already been a big week for LTE north of the border. On Tuesday, Canadian authorities approved Dish Network LLC (Nasdaq: DISH)'s bid to use satellite spectrum for terrestrial LTE, ahead of a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) decision. (See Dish: This Year's LightSquared?) Why this matters
Huawei is edging closer to the U.S. with these LTE deals. The vendor has already been working with Clearwire LLC (Nasdaq: CLWR) on LTE TDD tests in Phoenix, but has generally lost out on big deals with Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) because of security concerns and other issues.

For more
Read more about Huawei's pursuit of U.S. business.

  • 2011 Rewind: Where in the World Is LTE?

  • Huawei's Open Letter to the US

  • Huawei's Springboard Into the US?

  • Huawei, ZTE Spook Sprint?

  • US Gets Worried About Huawei

  • No Way Huawei?

  • Huawei's Latest US Offensive

  • Huawei, AT&T, and the NSA

  • Huawei Addresses Security Fears

  • No Respite for Chinese Vendors

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile

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Dan Jones

Mobile Editor

Dan is to hats what Will.I.Am is to ridiculous eyewear. Fedora, trilby, tam-o-shanter -- all have graced the Jones pate during his career as the go-to purveyor of mobile essentials.

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His perfectly crafted blogs, falling under the "Jonestown" banner, have been compared to the works of Chekhov. But only by Dan.

He lives in Brooklyn with cats.

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