Manx Telecom has selected Huawei to deliver its 4G LTE network in the Isle of Man.
The China-based vendor will integrate the operator’s existing GSM/HSPA networks with the new 4G LTE network onto a single platform.
To do so, it will provide its Wireless SingleRAN , EPC and circuit switch network solutions to enable a wide variety of high-performance mobile applications and multimedia services.
“Building a 4G network is a significant undertaking in terms of both investment and engineering. Over the next three years we will invest €12 million in 4G,” commented Mike Dee, CEO of Manx Telecom.
The operator, along with rival Sure, were both awarded 800MHz and 1800MHz spectrum, by the Manx government last month.
Both operators are required to launch 4G LTE services before July next year with 33 percent coverage, which must be extended to 95 percent within two years.
EE launched the first 4G-LTE network in the UK 12 months ago, with Vodafone and O2 rolling out competing 4G-LTE services in August this year. The UK’s fourth operator, 3, is due to launch its service before the end of the year.
Huawei has now won more than 217 commercial LTE network contracts and deployed 102 commercial LTE networks worldwide, accounting for 40 percent of awarded LTE network contracts.
The vendor, which is working hard to increase its footprint in Europe, was selected by Denmark’s largest operator TDC last month as the sole vendor to modernise its nationwide mobile network.