Huawei Eyes UK LTE Trials

2:10 PM -- Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. is already giving its key mobile network rivals a run for their money in the next-generation wireless world of Long Term Evolution (LTE), securing trials with a number of European operators. (See Huawei Bags Another Euro LTE Gig.)

Now Huawei's managing director for the U.K. and Ireland, Samuel Sun, says the vendor is set to be involved in LTE trials with U.K. mobile operators before the end of this year.

He wasn't giving away any names, but Huawei is already working in one capacity or another with Vodafone UK , Orange UK , and Telefónica UK Ltd. , so there are a number of opportunities for the vendor.

Sam Sun is also happier about the progress of the 21CN rollout at BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA), where Huawei is involved in the optical transport network and fixed broadband access. He says developments have speeded up in the past 12 to 18 months for the ADSL2+ rollout, and his team is also involved in BT's current trials with fiber-to-the-curb and VDSL2.

BT was one of the first European carriers to put significant trust in Huawei's capabilities, and, a number of years down the line, the vendor is still intimately involved in the U.K. incumbent's plans. Now Huawei wants a similar gig in North America -- that, though, might be a much tougher task for the ambitious vendor altogether.

— Ray Le Maistre, International News Editor, Light Reading

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