Huawei scores $700m deal with Denmark's TDC

Huawei scores $700m deal with Denmark's TDC

Fiona Chau  |   October 25, 2013
Huawei has landed a major deal in Denmark, ousting rival Ericsson to become the sole mobile network technology and service provider for Danish carrier TDC.
The Chinese telecom vendor said Thursday it has won a $700 million contract to upgrade TDC’s mobile network to LTE across the country.
The deal is Huawei’s latest win in Europe and a blow for Ericsson, which has been managing TDC’s mobile network since 2008.
Under the deal, TDC will replace existing equipment provide by Ericsson with Huawei’s gear. TDC will also hand over the management and operation of its upgraded GSM/UMTS/LTE network to Huawei over a six-year period.
“This partnership for TDC is the most critical relationship we have made with a vendor and this has been, and will be, the biggest decision I’ve made as a CEO,” TDC chief executive Carsten Dilling told reporters at a media briefing in Shenzhen yesterday.
Dilling said the company has been worked closely with Danish authorities and intelligence agencies to conduct investigations before deciding on Huawei.
“We have invited them in and they have the transparency on everything we do,” Dilling said. “On the TDC side, we feel that we learned a lot by having the intelligence agencies in and we will keep them in as we are running this partnership.”
This, Dilling said, would enable TDC to build a mobile network platform from a security way, which could be a showcase for the rest of Europe and worldwide,”
“For Huawei, that can be an extreme interesting case.”
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