Three signs core network management deal with Huawei

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Contract will see employees of former contractor Ericsson move over to work for the Chinese firm

Huawei has signed a deal with Three to manage its core network which will include the transfer of employees from previous contractors Ericsson move to the Chinese firm’s managed services division.

As well as the employee transfers to Huawei, around 200 Ericsson staff will move to work for the network directly.

According to Three the deal will see it enhance the capabilities of its ‘ultrafast network’, the service the operator said it will promote instead of 4G.

Three CEO Dave Dyson said: ”The decision to select Huawei to manage core network operations follows a rigorous procurement process. We chose the partner that best met our requirements and which matched our long-term vision of how our network should be managed.

“This partnership is just one of a series that sees us enhance the capability of our Ultrafast network. The partnership means the existing team experience will continue to support the management of our core network.”

Huawei CEO Victor Zhang added:“Huawei is very pleased to be selected by Three for the operations management of its core network. I am also pleased that later this year we will be welcoming new employees to Huawei, the skills and experience they bring will be vital as we develop our managed services capability, as well as managing Three UK’s core network operations going forward.”

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