Du signs project management agreement with Huawei

Du has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Chinese infrastructure Huawei

UAE operator Du has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Chinese infrastructure Huawei. Under the terms of the agreement, the two firms will and exchange project management experiences, knowledge and research, according to the operator.

Huawei pledges commitment to Australia following NBN exclusion

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard Meets Huawei chairman Sun Yafang

Chinese infrastructure vendor and device manufacturer Huawei and the Australian government appear to have settled their differences as Huawei reaffirmed its commitment to the Australian market this week.

Huawei posts strong growth in 2012

Huawei has seen its net profit increase by almost a quarter year on year to reach CNY15.38bn ($2.47bn)

Chinese infrastructure vendor Huawei has posted its financial results for 2012, in which it saw its net profit increase by almost a quarter year on year to reach CNY15.38bn ($2.47bn). Revenue for the year stood at CNY220bn, up from the CNY203.9bn recorded in 2011.

SDN: More new business model than new technology

Sanqi Li, Huawei

Chinese equipment vendor Huawei clearly envisions a world where network applications and services will run on commodity hardware and software. For a company that sells specialist boxes into networks, this could be a bold statement. In the latest in our series of SDN-themed interviews, Sanqi Li, CTO of Huawei’s carrier network business, simply sees this approach as the evolution of business models for both carriers and vendors.

Huawei hauls ZTE into court over patent dispute

Huawei and ZTE are trading blows in a patent dispute in Germany

Chinese vendors Huawei and ZTE are trading blows in a patent dispute in Germany, with the former accusing the latter of infringing upon its LTE and terminal patents.

Etisalat calls on Huawei’s consultancy services

Dubai-based Etisalat has signed a global consultancy services deal with Huawei

UAE-based operator group Etisalat has signed a global consultancy services agreement with Chinese vendor Huawei. According to the operator, Huawei’s business consulting team will partner with Etisalat stakeholders to assist in developing the operator’s mobile broadband services and its digital services portfolio.

Huawei launches products at MWC


Chinese infrastructure vendor Huawei made a host of new product announcements at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week. The firm launched a SingleEPC solution, which it said enables a smooth evolution to cloud-based telecom networks.

After sales, service

A while ago I was told by an executive from one of the big network equipment vendors that he had seen proof that a Chinese competitor was spoofing network performance in a competitive trial to try and win business. One conclusion can be drawn from this accusation, valid or not: Things are getting desperate in the infrastructure supply sector. Falsifying performance data would be a drastic act, after all—but then so would slandering the opposition.

Mobile phone sales drop for first time since 2009

Samsung's Galaxy brand is "nearly a synonym for Android", Gartner said

The number of mobile phones sold globally has declined year on year for the first time since 2009, according to research revealed today. 1.75 billion handsets were sold in 2012, a 1.7 per cent decline on 2011, according to research firm Gartner.

Swisscom to invest CHF300m in fibre expansion

Swiss flags

Switzerland’s biggest telco has chosen Chinese firm Huawei as strategic partner and supplier for expansion of its fibre-to-the-street (FTTS) network in areas outside the country’s major urban areas, following successful tests last autumn.

T-Mobile Czech Republic selects Huawei for LTE

Prague, Czech Republic

The Czech Republic’s largest mobile operator by subscriber numbers T-Mobile Czech Republic has selected Chinese infrastructure vendor Huawei to roll out its LTE network. The operator said that the deal was signed following a successful trial with Huawei in the city of Mlada Boleslav.

Microsoft, Huawei bring sub-$150 smartphones to Africa

Microsoft sees great potential in Africa

US software giant Microsoft this week pledged to invest around $74m in Africa over the next three years, introducing tens of millions of smart devices into the hands of the local youth and bringing over a million small and medium sized enterprises online.

Huawei and Vodafone trial 2Tbps fibre connection

It costs an average of £50 to send a unit to a repair centre

Vodafone and Chinese telecoms equipment vendor Huawei have completed the world’s first successful field trials of 2Tbps optical fibre transmission technologies on Vodafone’s live network in Germany.

Chinese firms bolster smartphone offerings to offset US infrastructure concerns

Huawei's Ascend W1

With both firms facing resistance in the US to their network infrastructure businesses, Chinese vendors Huawei and ZTE are instead stepping up their efforts in the handset space, with both unveiling high-end smartphones at CES in Las Vegas this week.

Huawei deploys first iODN in Russia


A new intelligent optical distribution network (iODN) has been successfully deployed for the Russian telco Rostelecom, marking the first such deployment and bringing improved services to experiences to its broadband subscribers.

Huawei CEO outlines 2013 objectives

Huawei's rotating and acting CEO has outlined the objectives for the business in 2013

Chinese infrastructure vendor Huawei’s rotating and acting CEO Guo Ping has outline the firm’s priorities in a New Year’s message to stakeholders. He revealed that Huawei’s sales revenue for 2012 is expected to exceed $35bn, with a net profit of around $2.4bn, marking more than a 10 per cent increase year on year for both. The firm has also now deployed over 130 LTE and over 70 EPC commercial networks worldwide.

Lay your bets – Prediction #4

Bengt Nordstrom, founder of industry consultancy NorthStream, shares a series of predictions for the mobile industry in 2013. In this fourth instalment he says that the managed services market will consolidate next year, down to a three-player market, as competition intensifies.

Huawei sets up in Helsinki

Huawei aims to employ 100 people in the Finnish capital

Chinese infrastructure and device vendor Huawei has announced plans to establish a research and development facility in Helsinki, investing €70m and hiring 100 people over the next five years. The new R&D facility will be a “key driver” in Huawei’s device development work, the firm said.

ZTE signs $20bn agreement with China Development Bank

Chinese infrastructure vendor ZTE has extended its strategic partnership agreement with China Development Bank (CDB). As a result, CDB will expand its financing facility for ZTE to $20bn. In 2005, CDB and ZTE began their cooperation, agreeing a facility of $8bn, and then in 2009, the same year rival Huawei signed a $30bn deal with the CDB, the facility was increased to $15bn.

A lack of bright ideas


The UK is a nation from where great innovators such as Isaac Newton, Isambard Brunel, John Logie Baird, Alexander Graham Bell, James Dyson and Tim Berners-Lee have all hailed. Yet despite even the inventor of the World Wide Web coming from these shores, the UK is a nation at risk of being left behind in today’s digital age.