Hutch-PCCW JV hands Huawei LTE deal

Dylan Bushell-Embling
telecomasia.net
Hong Kong's Genius Brand joint venture has selected Huawei to help it build out its planned LTE network.
 
Genius, a joint venture between Hutchison Telecom Hong Kong Holdings and PCCW subsidiary Hong Kong Telecom, paid HK498 million ($63.9 million) for 30MHz of LTE spectrum in 2009.
 
The joint venture trialled LTE in mid-2010, and had awarded a preliminary rollout deal to Huawei earlier in the year.
 
The new deal is for a turnkey installation of equipment including base stations, Huawei revealed yesterday.
 
Genius faces competition to the network even before it goes live, with rival CSL soft-launching its own LTE network last month.
 
Telstra-owned CSL also acquired spectrum in 2009's LTE auction - paying HK$525 million for the privilege – as did China Mobile Hong Kong, which paid HK$519 million.
 
Huawei last month announced it had won a five-year, S$280 million ($227.6 million) LTE deal with M1. The Singaporean operator is aiming for a nationwide LTE deployment by Q1 next year.
 

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