Huawei eyes a third of UK LTE contracts

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Huawei eyes rollout of 4G LTE in the UK as its entry pass as it ramps up activity on continent

Chinese network equipment vendor Huawei reckons it will take a third of operator LTE contracts in the UK, following Ofcom’s auction of new spectrum for LTE usage in early 2012.

Huawei so far has no network contracts in the UK, although it ran O2’s LTE trial in Slough earlier this year and last week opened a cyber security centre in Banbury to make its equipment available to the UK government and operators for testing.

Huawei has taken around 36 per cent of LTE contracts issued by global operators so far, more than twice the number of market-leader Ericsson.

Asked if he thought Huawei would replicate the figure in the UK, vice president of wireless marketing Lars Bondelind said: “Sure, why not? We have a good chance of breaking into the UK. It’s happened all over the wider market.”

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