T-Mobile Netherlands has announced deal with Huawei that sees the China-based vendor take over responsibility for managing and maintaining the operator's network.

The managed services and maintenance contract covers the RAN, core and transport network and will see around 80 T-Mobile employees move to Huawei.

The vendor will also be responsible for the Network Operating Centre, second-line support and the maintenance of more than 4,800 base stations on the mobile network. 

Financial details of the deal, which runs for five-years, have not been disclosed.

“This partnership has a lot of advantages for T-Mobile as it enables us to focus more on the provision of stable and fast mobile internet and excellent service to our customers,” said Lampros Iskos, Technology Director at T-Mobile Netherlands.

The operator, which started replacing its radio network with LTE-1800 equipment based on Huawei's Single RAN platform, has already begun work on a major network modernisation programme called Samen meer Bereiken (Achieving more together), which it unveiled last year.

Huawei is also the core network supplier of Tele2 Netherlands, which shares mobile sites with T-Mobile.

The vendor, who is also responsible for managing the networks of Three and O2 in the UK, is rapidly expanding its managed services footprint in Europe.

Last month, for example, Denmark’s biggest operator TDC chose Huawei as the sole vendor to modernise its nationwide mobile network in Denmark and provide managed services over a six-year period.

Managed services remains a hot topic in the telecoms industry.

According to European Communications’ Q4 2013 special report, 60 percent of operators intend to increase their expenditure on managed services in 2014 while 85 percent who already use managed services said it had propelled them to change the way they operate other parts of their business.

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