Danish mobile operator TDC turns to Huawei for £445m 4G network deal

Ericsson ousted as TDC’s main infrastructure supplier in a deal that will see Huawei install new base stations and manage the network for six years

Danish mobile operator TDC turns to Huawei for £445m 4G network deal

Chinese mobile infrastructure provider Huawei has scooped a 4 billion Danish crowns (£445m) deal with Danish mobile operator TDC to supply 4G equipment and run the network for six years from March 2014.

Huawei is sole vendor for the contract, which sees it taking over from Sweden’s Ericsson as the operator’s main infrastructure provider and network operator. Huawei will apparently add 200 new employees to its Danish operations as a result of the deal and move the network’s operating centre to Denmark, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

"This is a milestone for Huawei in Denmark," Jim Lu, Huawei's head of Central Eastern Europe and the Nordics, said in a written statement.

Huawei and Ericsson are the dominant players in the 4G LTE market with an estimated 74% combined share of the global market, according to analyst Informa.

According to RBI Research, Huawei took the largest market share for overall RAN (radio access network) equipment revenues in the second quarter of 2013 with a 31.1% share. Ericsson was pushed into second place with an estimated 23.4% share of the market, followed by Nokia Solutions and Networks with 15.9%, Alcatel-Lucent with 14.3% and Samsung with 6.7%.

Written by Wireless magazine
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