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Huawei inks GSM/UMTS deal with O2 Germany

Posted: 25 Apr 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:network deployment deal? GSM UMTS networks? HSDPA? HSUPA?

O2 Germany has chosen Huawei Technologies as one of its partners for the expansion of the O2 mobile network in Germany. The agreement includes both the replacement of existing base stations and the planned construction of over 8,000 base stations by Huawei for GSM and UMTS.

The partnership aims to increase the GSM network coverage of O2 in Germany to almost 100 percent and subsequently, be in a position to exclusively supply O2 mobile customers with the company's proprietary network resources. Expansion steps taken by Huawei are to be completed by end of 2009.

At the same time, the infrastructure for the use of mobile data services will be expanded. O2 has plans to increase the UMTS supply in Germany to 60 percent. In addition, the company will expand the HSDPA network and implement HSUPA based on Huawei's technological solutions within the scope of the proposed sub-project. HSDPA and HSUPA enable users to more rapidly exchange data when they are on the road, and to con-veniently surf the mobile web.

"In addition to the expansion of the network to almost 100 percent, our goal is the provision of the most state-of-the-art network infrastructure for mobile voice and data communica-tions by 2009," said Andrea Folgueiras, CTO, O2 Germany. "Huawei is the ideal partner to meet our requirements."

Mainly important for O2 is the solution of Huawei to integrate UMTS- and GSM Technology into a base station as well as an easy transformation of one existing GSM base station to UMTS.

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