Huawei enters 3G terminal deal with Vodafone Group

Huawei has a very limited penetration of mobile handsets in the Middle East region at this time because of the vendor’s choice not to manufacture GSM handsets, and instead focus its efforts on the manufacture of 3G terminals.

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By  Tawanda Chihota Published  March 13, 2006

Chinese vendor Huawei Technologies has announced an agreement with the UK’s Vodafone Group that will see the Chinese manufacturer supply exclusive Vodafone-branded consumer 3G handsets for Vodafone across 21 countries for at least five years. The handsets will be branded solely as Vodafone, the first time Vodafone has offered devices branded in this way for the consumer market. It also marks Huawei’s first significant entry into the handset market. Vodafone anticipates offering the first Vodafone branded Huawei manufactured handset, a 3G model, in September. “This agreement will enable Huawei to become one of the world’s leading players in handset development and production. We already have a strong presence in the global market and this agreement offers us a great opportunity to expand into new regions,” says Ping Guo, senior vice president, Huawei Technologies. Huawei has a very limited penetration of mobile handsets in the Middle East region at this time because of the vendor’s choice not to manufacture GSM handsets, and instead focus its efforts on the manufacture of 3G terminals. Edward Deng, Huawei’s president of global marketing told CommsMEA that he expects the number of Huawei mobile terminals in the region to grow as more 3G networks are deployed.

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