Vodafone replacing 8000 network sites
- 22 February, 2011 13:16
Vodafone has signed up Huawai to help it replace all its 2G and 3G radio access equipment across its entire Australian network as part of its major network improvement initiative.
According to a statement from the telco, Vodafone will target areas of highest demand first as it seeks to upgrade some 8000 sites in a project estimated to take 18 months.
The telco will use Huawei’s SingleRAN hardware which can deliver 2G, 3G and Long Term Evolution (LTE) signals from a single base station site. It will also use the vendor’s network equipment at more than 2200 new base station sites.
The new network equipment will allow Vodafone to offer a maximum theoretical speed of 42MBps. LTE trials carried out by Vodafone late last year delivered download speeds of 74.3 Mbps under test conditions.
The telco is also working with Huawei on an LTE network upgrade which will to deliver maximum theoretical speeds of up to 150Mbps.
The upgrade project will see Huawei recruit 300 new technical staff in Australia, as well as an expected 200 additional subcontractors, which will more than double Huawei’s current number of staff in Australia.
According to Vodafone CEO, Nigel Dews, the upgrade was the result of customer feedback on the telco’s network.
“We’re installing the latest technology from the company that we believe is the best network hardware and software vendor in the world to deliver a better mobile experience to our customers,” Dews said in a statement.
“I’d like to thank our customers for giving us such detailed feedback on our network over the last few months. We’re now using our customers’ insights and recommendations to improve our network performance.”
Join the CIO Australia group on LinkedIn. The group is open to CIOs, IT Directors, COOs, CTOs and senior IT managers.
How to Switch From iPhone 5S to BlackBerry Z30 (and Why)
CIOs to Become In-House Brokers -- and That's a Good Thing
The future of computing
10 Hot Hadoop Startups to Watch
The future of computing
Simple, Proven, Tranformative
A cheat Sheet for Google Apps for Business
Software Defined Protection - The Enterprise Security Blueprint
In a world with high-demanding IT infrastructures and networks, where perimeters are no longer well defined and where threats grow more intelligent every day, we need to define the right way to protect enterprises in the ever-changing threat landscape. Download today to define your security blueprint.
Rebranded Quadmark revamps its IT solutions with Google Apps
The Singapore office was using Exchange as its email server but encountered various issues such as storage capacity limitations and difficulty in managing spam. Adding new users to the server was also a hassle that often required a third party vendor, resulting in a waste of time and resources. Quadmark also experienced email performance issues that slowed down their employees’ response time, leading to frustration among staff and clients. Quadmark’s management felt that it was unacceptable to continue it’s current solution and thus decided to streamline its IT infrastructure alongside its rebranding plans. The business wanted a unified and consolidated email service for its various offices. Quadmark also wanted to be able to house files and documents on the cloud.