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.

Mobile phone sales drop for first time since 2009

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

Huawei sets up in Helsinki

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.

Lack of skills means faster internet could result in job losses

Chinese infrastructure vendor Huawei claims that if the anticipated benefits of fibre-based broadband are to be realised in the UK, issues such as the shortage of digital skills across many industries and old-fashioned working practices and business processes need to be addressed. If they are not, the emergence of superfast broadband connections could result in UK companies outsourcing more jobs abroad rather than creating them locally.

UK government aims to be leading EU broadband nation by 2015

UK minister for culture, communications and the creative industries Ed Vaizey has pledged to ensure the UK becomes the leading European nation in terms of speed and penetration of fibre-based broadband services by 2015. Speaking at Chinese vendor Huawei’s Broadband Forum event in London today, the MP said that the UK has the most ambitious plan for broadband services of any European nation.

Huawei offers access to source code to allay security fears

Chinese infrastructure vendor Huawei has offered the Australian government unrestricted access to its source code and equipment in a bid to clear its name amid security concerns regarding its ties with the Chinese government.

ZTE hits back at allegations over US security

A US House Intelligence Committee report warned the country’s operators that Chinese infrastructure vendor ZTE and its domestic rival Huawei, pose a threat to the country’s national security. In the wake of the report, David Dai Shu, ZTE’s director of global public affairs, spoke to to give his comopany’s side of the story.

Huawei is EE’s LTE supplier

Chinese equipment vendor Huawei has been identified as the sole supplier of LTE base stations for EE’s network in the UK. The revelation gives context to the firm’s decision to make a £1.3bn R&D investment in the country.

Huawei pledges £1.3bn investment in the UK

Chinese infrastructure vendor Huawei has pledged to invest £1.3bn ($2bn) in the UK, and create 700 more jobs in the country by 2017. The firm, which already employs over 800 people in the UK, said that it will invest £650m in a number of “global centres of technical and financial excellence”, as well as a further £650m in procurement on products and services.

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