Chinese equipment vendor Huawei has been selected by Swiss telco Sunrise Communications as its sole managed services partner for its fixed and mobile networks for the next five years.
The multi-technology agreement is one of the largest managed services contracts for Huawei in Europe, and includes the transfer of staff from the previous technology partner, as well as from Sunrise.
Huawei will be responsible for managing Sunrise’s mobile and fixed network, including internet and IPTV. The telco launched its IPTV service last January, offering more than 160 linear channels (including 29 in HD) and a substantial catch-up TV service as part of a triple-play package costing CHF 125 (US$ 134) per month – more details here.
Under the terms of the agreement, Huawei will provide a comprehensive range of services, including design and planning, network build and integration network performance management, field operations, network operations, and spare parts management.
Oliver Steil, CEO of Sunrise, said: “We look forward to rolling out our new network program TQ Net with the global technology leader Huawei. We opted for this partner after successfully cooperating for over two years, during which we saw ample evidence of Huawei’s innovative abilities and drive. With our solid license basis, our new technology partner, qualified employees and an ambitious network modernisation program, we will create the best network experience for our customers.”