Huawei Racks Up Euro Wins
It's touting the deal, which will see it supply the incumbent with WDM gear for metro networks, as the first time a Chinese vendor has been awarded a contract in Italy.
Aside from being one of eight leading vendors in BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA)'s 21CN next-gen network, Huawei counts Dutch incumbent KPN Telecom NV (NYSE: KPN), Spain’s Telefónica SA (NYSE: TEF), Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT), and Orange (NYSE: FTE) among its customers.
(See Huawei Signs 21CN, KPN Picks Huawei 3G Core, Telefónica Boosts Chinese Ties, and Huawei Lands Deutsche Deal.)
The company has become increasingly active in emerging markets like Africa, but it has also landed a string of deals this year with other big European names like Mobilink (an Orange SA (London/Paris: OGE) subsidiary), Versatel Telecom International N.V. (Pink Sheets: VRSAF), Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD), TDC Song , and Opal Telecom Ltd.
(See Mobistar Picks Huawei, Huawei Builds Out Versatel, Huawei Wins Vodafone Deal, Huawei Wins Song Deal, and Huawei Lands Another Euro Deal.)
On the mobile front, Huawei has been busy of late trialing 3.6-Mbit/s HSDPA video services on a network in Europe using UMTS 900MHz. (See Huawei Trials 3.6-Mbit/s Video.)
In another sign that it's becoming more entrenched in the region, Huawei has scored one of Europe’s top executives, recruiting former BT group technology officer Mick Reeve as a strategic advisor. (See Huawei Signs Up Former BT Guru.)
The vendor said earlier this month it will reach its target of $11 billion in sales and $8 billion in revenues for 2006. International contracts accounted for 65 percent of its sales, or $3.4 billion, during the first half of the year and were up 36 percent over the first half of 2005. (See Huawei Touts $11B and Huawei 2006 Target: $8 Billion.)
— Nicole Willing, Reporter, Light Reading