Chinese telecom's giant Huawei has beaten competition from Nokia Siemens, Alcatel-Lucent and Ericsson to clinch a major deal to integrate and upgrade Everything Everywhere's Orange and T-Mobile 2G networks.
The four-year deal is Huawei's first mobile network deal in the UK, six years after it won a landline deal from BT.
The contract sees Huawei integrate and upgrade Orange and T-Mobile's networks to supply 99% coverage across the UK.
The deal will see a significant reduction in the number of sites, state-of-the-art equipment fitted at stations and a significant reduction in transmission costs for Everything Everywhere.
Emin Gurdenli, Vice President of Network Services, Everything Everywhere said: 'Huawei’s cutting-edge technology and professional, dedicated team with unrivalled global Radio Access Network experience will enable us to rapidly achieve our objective of building one of the biggest and best mobile networks in the UK and providing our customers with the best possible network experience.'
Victor Zhang, CEO of Huawei UK, said: 'This contract marks a very significant milestone in the evolution of the UK mobile market and represents yet another major breakthrough for Huawei in The European tier one wireless service provider arena.
'Huawei has a proven track record in providing cutting-edge mobile solutions to operators across the world. We are committed to becoming a serious network supplier for mobile operators in the UK and are pleased to collaborate with Everything Everywhere, offering an effective solution with future-proofed technology that will improve voice quality and network coverage for its customers across the UK.'