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Huawei Grabs 2 Deals in the US

Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. has landed two small infrastructure deals in the U.S.

United Wireless is using the Chinese vendor's gear to deploy Long Term Evolution (LTE) and upgrade its current CDMA network in rural Kansas. Broadband provider SpeedConnect, meanwhile, is using Huawei to a deploy a network in Michigan with both "WiMax and LTE core" technology.

"This is a base station that is LTE-ready for the United Wireless and SpeedConnect customers in the U.S.," a Huawei spokeswoman tells Light Reading Mobile. The vendor isn't saying yet when these small operators might switch on LTE.

Huawei is using its SingleRAN base station technology to support these deployments. The base stations can support multiple technologies, including 3G GSM and CDMA, WiMax and LTE.

In the first six months of this year, Huawei says it deployed over 130 SingleRAN commercial networks around the world, all of which support LTE. More than 40 of those operators that have deployed the SingleRAN technology will have launched or will soon launch LTE networks.

Why this matters
These small deals may mark a change in the tides for Huawei in the U.S. Huawei failed to land a supplier deal with Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) because of security fears in the U.S. government. Huawei was also said to be in the running for a U.S. Cellular Corp. (NYSE: USM) LTE deal, but Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC) eventually won it. Huawei is, however, supplying Clearwire LLC (Nasdaq: CLWR) with gear for its LTE tests.

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— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile

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