Telenor has signed up Huawei to supply radio access equipment as it modernises its 2G and 3G networks.

The five-year global agreement also includes the provision of 2G, 3G and 4G technologies from the China-based vendor’s solutions and professional services arms.

The two companies have a partnership in Radio Access Network (RAN) technology that dates back to 2008.

It builds on a deal that Telenor signed with Ericsson in October, which it described as a "major investment" in 4G LTE.

Hilde Tonne, EVP and Head of Group Industrial Development at Telenor, commented: “We are pleased that Huawei continues to invest and leverage their innovation in mobile technology with Telenor.

“LTE is a key area of focus for Telenor and with Huawei global experience in building and supplying radio access equipment and professional services, Telenor will continue to bring superior mobile broadband experiences to end users.”

The Norway-based operator saw capex decrease 14 percent in the third quarter as revenues and EBITDA hit an all-time high.

David Wang, President of Huawei’s Wireless Network Product Line, said: “As a long standing trusted partner of Telenor, we strive to deploy efficient, competitive and profitable mobile broadband networks. We are delighted to sign this five year agreement to provide core assets to support Telenor achieve commercial success in mobile broadband.”

In October, Huawei said it expected to make purchases in Europe worth €3 billion as part of its ongoing European investment strategy, which also involves doubling R&D and hiring 5,500 extra staff.

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