Vodafone has awarded five-year network upgrade contracts to Ericsson and Nokia Solutions and Networks as part of its Project Spring investment programme.

The operator is spending €8.1 billion on improving its network infrastructure, such as new 4G, 3G and 2G sites. In addition, the operator will have new Single RAN installations and new “high capacity” backhaul, small cell and Wi-Fi sites.

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The deal with Ericsson includes an upgrade and expansion of Vodafone's 2G and 3G network and a build-out of 4G LTE along with professional services.

Rival NSN will supply its Single RAN platform, including the Flexi 10 base station, and provide a common Subscriber Data Management system.

“Vodafone is one of the largest network operators globally and understands the importance of investing in the latest technology to maximize its end users experience,” said Wolfgang Hackenberg, vice president of Vodafone global customer team at NSN.

The announcements are a further boost to the operator’s aggressive 4G LTE strategy.

The operator revealed last week that it had hit the half million subscriber target six months after launching 4G LTE in August last year.

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