O2 Germany awards network expansion deal to Huawei

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 more than 8,000 new base stations by Huawei for GSM and UMTS.

Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.

The objective of the partnership is to increase the GSM network coverage of O2 in Germany to almost 100% and subsequently be in a position to exclusively supply O2 mobile customers with the company's proprietary network resources, a statement said.

Expansion steps taken by Huawei are to be completed by the 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%.

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 conveniently surf the mobile web.