Huawei wins deal to manage O2 network


More than 100 staff will transfer to Chinese infrastructure giant as part of five-year deal

Huawei has won a five-year managed services deal to oversee O2’s UK network.

The deal will see Huawei provide “planning and implementation” of O2’s network, including build out of new network infrastructure and handling transmission between the operator’s network and the rest of the UK’s communication infrastructure.

It will result in 56 staff currently involved in overseeing O2’s network moving permanently from O2 to Huawei, along with a further 62 contractors.

Huawei UK CEO Victor Zhang said: “We are very pleased to announce our first major managed services agreement in the UK.

“Huawei works with Telefónica in a number of markets around the world and today’s agreement means we are extending our relationship to the UK.

“Today’s announcement is an important first step in building a world-class managed services capability in the UK.

“The agreement is a long-term strategic commitment from both Huawei and Telefónica UK to deliver the best in class management of a core network.”