Asia Express - Data Communications
Huawei, Vodafone Enter Deal for Network Upgrade, Set up Research Center in Italy
October 15, 2010
Huawei and Vodafone have signed a contract on October 7, 2010 to upgrade Vodafone's network in Italy using HSPA+ (Evolved High-Speed Packet Access) technology, according to Il Sole 24 Ore of Italy. The five-year contract is reported to be valued at one billion Euros (US$1.39 billion; US$1=0.72 Euros). Via upgrading its network, Vodafone aims to expand its mobile broadband to cover approximately 12% of the Italian population, with a speed of at least 2Mbps.

Meanwhile, Huawei and Vodafone also plan to invest 10 million Euros (US$13.89 million) in establishing a broadband research center. It is projected that the new research center will be located in Milan, Italy.