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Huawei to Build Vodafone Czech Republic´s 3G Network

Vodafone Czech Republic has signed a five-year contract with Chinese vendor Huawei for the expansion of the operator’s WCDMA network. Huawei will supply 3G network infrastructure for the continued 3G rollout in the capital Prague and Brno. Deployment will start in August 2009.

Vodafone Czech Republic has selected Huawei as the supplier of its high-speed 3G network infrastructure. Under the five year contract, Huawei will be responsible for expanding Vodafone’s 3G network. The initiative will firstly focus on continuing the expansion of 3G coverage within Prague, as well as Brno. Huawei will also work on the modernisation and expansion of Vodafone´s 2G EDGE network.

“Currently about a half million customers use our mobile data either in their handsets or in notebooks. In response to customer demand, we´ll continue with the successive build-up and modernisation of our 3G and 2G EDGE networks. We will begin the work for 3G coverage in Brno and the remaining areas of Prague in August 2009,” says Muriel Anton, CEO of Vodafone Czech Republic.

As well as continuing to expand its 3G network coverage, Vodafone currently covers 90% of the Czech population with its 2G EDGE technology.

About Huawei Technologies
Huawei Technologies is a leader in providing next generation telecommunications networks, and now serves 36 of the world's top 50 operators, along with over one billion users worldwide. The company is committed to providing innovative and customized products, services and solutions to create long-term value and growth potential for its customers.

About Vodafone Czech Republic
Vodafone (Oskar at that time) received its license in October 1999. Shortly after that the company became the fastest growing operator and set a new record in the history of GSM after successfully providing signal coverage for 98 percent of the population in 9 months. In 2002, the operator gained its millionth customer and in 2005 it became part of the world’s biggest mobile operator, Vodafone. Currently, Vodafone Czech republic serves 2.909 million customers, both business and consumer. At the same time, Vodafone is active in corporate social responsibility and established Vodafone Foundation Czech republic, through which it has distributed more than 40 million crowns across non-profit sector.

About Vodafone
Vodafone is the world's leading international mobile telecommunications company, with equity interests in 27 countries and Partner Markets in more than 40 countries. As of 31 March 2009, Vodafone had approximately 302 million proportionate customers worldwide.