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    Huawei’s first Euro win


    Huawei Technologies has been selected by Dutch mobile operator Telfort to deliver and install a nationwide UMTS network in the Netherlands including an R4 based core network and UTRAN solution.

    The UMTS contract was signed on 8 December 2004 in The Hague in the presence of the Prime Minister of the Netherlands and the Premier of China and is the first success for Huawei with its UMTS offering in Western Europe.
    Huawei has also agreed to support Telfort’s efforts to develop mobile data in the Netherlands market by setting up an R&D centre in Amsterdam which will focus on end user services.
    “We are glad to have Huawei as a strategic partner for our developments in mobile data and UMTS,” said Ton aan de Stegge, CEO of Telfort, during the signing ceremony. “Telfort’s strategy is to challenge the established norms of the mobile industry and this contract, which is the first of its kind in Europe, is exactly in line with that. We are confident that Huawei will help us to develop innovative and cost effective data solutions for our customers and look forward to a prosperous relationship with them.”
    Deng Tao, President from Huawei branch in Europe, said Huawei would be making an effort to sign more 3G contracts in Europe.Â
    “Europe is the most significant market in the internationalisation strategy of Huawei. We are planning to spend more on the construction of Europe services and supporting systems. We always adhere to the principle of localisation in Europe, making the most of our partners, experience, and talents to serve our Europe customers,’ he said.
    “We strongly believe in the potential of Telfort to show that our UMTS product can be very successful in the competitive Dutch market and are committed to building a successful future with Telfort as a partner.”
    The Telfort UMTS project in the Netherlands is the first UMTS 3G contract Huawei has won in Europe.