China’s Huawei Technologies, one of the world’s leading networking and telecommunications equipment suppliers (and big Cisco rival), has just announced that it has signed a contract with British Telecom for the deployment of its multi-service access network (MSAN) and Transmission equipment for the BT 21CN network. This seems to be an important step forward for Huawei.
The contract is signed today after going through a two year rigorous procurement and authentication process. This is one of the single largest procurement programs undertaken in the communications industry, to underpin BT’s GBP10 billion 21st Century Network programme over the next five years. This rigorous authentication process was used to assess Huawei’s capabilities, which included the quality of Huawei’s products and solutions, direction of Huawei’s corporate development strategy, management system, quality control system, project management capability and corporate social responsibility.
Huawei believes that the 21CN project and BT’s investment in Huawei’s innovation will spearhead the development of more new products and services for the British telecommunications industry and is of strategic importance to both UK businesses and economy. This will not only generate more new job opportunities within Huawei UK but also for our local service partners.