Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.

BDFL - Memuneh
65333 posts

Uber Geek

Lifetime subscriber

# 77791 22-Feb-2011 16:46
Send private message

Vodafone today announced that it will replace all 2G and 3G equipment at all base stations throughout Australia as part of its overall plan to improve mobile coverage and download speeds. 

Got this comment from Ovum:

Vodafone chooses Huawei for complete network swap out   

Chinese vendor Huawei has scooped its first radio access network deal in Australia with Vodafone, dealing a big blow to incumbent vendors Ericsson and Nokia Siemens Networks. 

Under the deal, Huawei will replace Vodafone’s entire 2G/3G network with its SingleRAN solution, which can accommodate 2G, 3G and LTE technologies in a single base station. 

It was not a surprise that Huawei, as a price leader, was on the shortlist for this contract. But it is surprising that Huawei has ousted Vodafone’s long-standing vendors.  

Price has played a key part in this decision. 

Vodafone is not out of the woods yet. This network overhaul is long overdue, and Vodafone and Huawei will need to proceed quickly to deploy the network infrastructure, which includes 42Mbps HSPA+ at 850MHz, to address Vodafone’s network capacity issues.  

While LTE will launch at 1800MHz by year-end, the completion of the network swap out is still some 18 months away. 

Create new topic

BDFL - Memuneh
65333 posts

Uber Geek

Lifetime subscriber

  # 442461 22-Feb-2011 16:53
Send private message

And here is the press release:

Vodafone today announced that it will replace all 2G and 3G equipment at all base stations throughout Australia as part of its overall plan to improve mobile coverage and download speeds.

"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," said Nigel Dews, CEO at Vodafone.

"I'd like to thank our customers for giving us such detailed feedback on our network over the last few months," added Dews. "We're now using our customers? insights and recommendations to improve our network performance.

"We've got a lot of work to do but we have a very clear picture of what needs to be done. We start immediately so many customers should start to see and experience real improvements in the network,"said Nigel Dews.

Vodafone has prioritised its national 2G and 3G radio access network (RAN) replacement project at all base stations throughout Australia with engineers targeting the most congested and highest demand sites first. Vodafone will replace all radio equipment at around 8,000 sites over the next 18 months.

Vodafone will replace around 5,800 existing 2G and 3G base station sites with Huawei's SingleRAN solution, which is capable of delivering 2G, 3G and, later, 4G or Long Term Evolution (LTE) from a single base station site. Vodafone will also install the new Huawei network equipment at more than 2,200 new sites that it will bring into its network over the next 18 months.

Peter Rossi, Chief Technology Officer at Huawei Australia, said: "This network upgrade will allow Vodafone to offer cutting edge mobile speeds and services across its mobile network. Huawei's SingleRAN solution will enable Vodafone to upgrade to 4G or LTE at the flick of a switch, with the first LTE next generation services expected to come online later this year."

Vodafone confirmed that all customers' mobile phones and mobile broadband devices will remain compatible with the new radio equipment that is being rolled out across the network.

Vodafone will also replace its radio network controller (RNC) equipment with the latest Huawei technology, which will be located at sites in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. The RNC equipment serves as a hub that is used to control and optimise the performance of the national mobile network.

The new network equipment that is being installed is based on the maximum theoretical standards of 42MBps. Vodafone is also working with Huawei to prepare the Vodafone network for an upgrade to 4G or LTE - the next generation of mobile technology capable of delivering maximum theoretical download speeds of up to 150Mbps. Vodafone and Huawei undertook live trials of LTE technology in Newcastle during the last quarter of 2010 and achieved download speeds of up to 74.3 Mbps, under test conditions.

The scale of 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.

Create new topic

Switch your broadband provider now - compare prices

Twitter and LinkedIn »

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:

News »

Ring launches indoor-only security camera
Posted 23-Jan-2020 17:26

New report findings will help schools implement the digital technologies curriculum content
Posted 23-Jan-2020 17:25

N4L to upgrade & support wireless internet inside schools
Posted 23-Jan-2020 17:22

Netflix releases 21 Studio Ghibli works
Posted 22-Jan-2020 11:42

Vodafone integrates eSIM into device and wearable roadmap
Posted 17-Jan-2020 09:45

Do you need this camera app? Group investigates privacy implications
Posted 16-Jan-2020 03:30

JBL launches headphones range designed for gaming
Posted 13-Jan-2020 09:59

Withings introduces ScanWatch wearable combining ECG and sleep apnea detection
Posted 9-Jan-2020 18:34

NZ Police releases public app
Posted 8-Jan-2020 11:43

Suunto 7 combine sports and smart features on new smartwatch generation
Posted 7-Jan-2020 16:06

Intel brings innovation with technology spanning the cloud, network, edge and PC
Posted 7-Jan-2020 15:54

AMD announces high performance desktop and ultrathin laptop processors
Posted 7-Jan-2020 15:42

AMD unveils four new desktop and mobile GPUs including AMD Radeon RX 5600
Posted 7-Jan-2020 15:32

Consolidation in video streaming market with Spark selling Lightbox to Sky
Posted 19-Dec-2019 09:09

Intel introduces cryogenic control chip to enable quantum computers
Posted 10-Dec-2019 21:32

Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.

Support Geekzone »

Our community of supporters help make Geekzone possible. Click the button below to join them.

Support Geezone on PressPatron

Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.