Huawei Bags Another Euro LTE Gig

Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. further cemented its reputation as a leading player in the next-generation mobile infrastructure market by landing another LTE (Long Term Evolution) trial in the Nordics, right on the front door of key wireless networking rivals Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC) and Nokia Networks .

Norwegian incumbent Telenor Group (Nasdaq: TELN) today officially announced it is sourcing radio access and Evolved Packet Core (EPC) gear from the Chinese vendor for a trial of the proto-4G technology in Oslo. Huawei's involvement first came to light in May when Unstrung revealed the engagement. (See Telenor to Test Huawei LTE.)

Oslo is turning out to be Huawei's lucky city in terms of LTE: Telia Company has already built a trial LTE node in Oslo with the Chinese vendor, and claims to have already tested "live" services. (See TeliaSonera: We'll Do 4G in 2010, 'Live' LTE Demo in Norway, and TeliaSonera Makes LTE Connection.)

The Norwegian carrier's choice of vendor partner for the trial shows just how competitive the all-important LTE market is becoming, with a core group of about 10 vendors all battling for bragging rights and consolidation of technical expertise already underway. (See NSN Picks at Nortel's Mobile Bones and Core Network Challenges LTE Vendors.)

Telenor has historically turned to Ericsson and Nokia Networks (now NSN) for its mobile network gear in Scandinavia, so this is another wakeup call for Northern Europe's local telecom vendors. (See Ericsson EDGEs at Telenor.)

Huawei, though, isn't new to Telenor, as it's already supplying GSM infrastructure to one of the operator's international subsidiaries, Grameenphone in Bangladesh. (See Huawei Wins GSM Deal.)

The new trial relationship provides the vendor with an improved international opportunity to expand its relationship with Telenor, which has multiple overseas operations in Europe, including Hungary, Russia, Serbia, and Ukraine; and in Asia/Pacific, including Malaysia, Pakistan, Thailand, and a controlling stake in one of India's mobile startups, Unitech. (See Telenor Invests in Unitech, IndiaWatch: Towering Investments, and Telenor Has 150M Subs.)

— Ray Le Maistre, International News Editor, Light Reading

achcar 12/5/2012 | 4:02:02 PM
re: Huawei Bags Another Euro LTE Gig

DiGi is 49% owned by Telenor

digits 12/5/2012 | 4:02:00 PM
re: Huawei Bags Another Euro LTE Gig


Right -- thanks.

DiGi, by the way, is the Malaysian operation referred to in the article above,

I'm sure there are few major operators today who don't have multiple relationships with Huawei, especially in developing markets. What's partcularly interesting here I think is that Huawei is landing pretty important proof of concept engagements in markets that would have been considered slam dunks for ERIC and NOK only a few years back.


Riders in the storm 12/5/2012 | 4:01:59 PM
re: Huawei Bags Another Euro LTE Gig Just Joking ;)
Riders in the storm 12/5/2012 | 4:01:59 PM
re: Huawei Bags Another Euro LTE Gig Hi Ray,
All that great news on Huawei, start to believe Lightreading is on their payroll too ;)
Riders in the storm 12/5/2012 | 4:01:58 PM
re: Huawei Bags Another Euro LTE Gig

Agree Ray! I still see myself giving a presentation to the CEO of one of those Western vendors about 10 years ago on little Huawei. I was nearly thrown out of the window by suggesting that those guys would become a major headache... We were the "Great Vendors" after-all, and those little Chinese were just copy-cat players offering bad quality. Fast-Forward to today, and it looks like the same Chinese will be the nail in the coffin of NSN and ALU, maybe E//. Still believe a European consolidation will be necessary, which becomes more a political  than an economical issue if Europe wants to maintain at least some telecom/IT presence at all.... Telecom-EADS anyone?

digits 12/5/2012 | 4:01:58 PM
re: Huawei Bags Another Euro LTE Gig But I have no sense of humor... :-)

It's an accusation that often crops up because of the reputation given to the trade press by other publications that let advertisers and sponsors influence their editorial. I think if you look back at our historical reporting of Huawei, and indeed any other company we write about, you will find articles that could be deemed positive and those those that could be deemed negative(sometimes even on the same day).

What there is no doubt about is that our readers can't get enough of Huawei stories...

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