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Huawei in Gulf managed services talks
11 July 2012
Executive says Huawei is in talks about managed services deals with Etisalat, Saudi Telecom and others
Huawei Technologies is in discussions with Etisalat and STC for a deal to manage their fixed-line networks, reports Reuters citing Huawei Middle East’s vice-president for delivery and service, Xia Chaojie.
Xia added that the vendor is in similar talks with several other operators in the region but declined to give names.
He told Reuters: “Huawei has strong partnerships with most regional operators and is constantly looking into ways of expanding these. We see an opportunity to do this through moving towards new technologies and also looking at fixed-line managed services. Our teams have initiated talks with all our fixed network partners in the Middle East, including operators like Saudi Telecom and Etisalat.”
Xia said the managed services sector in the Middle East was valued at $1 billion in 2011, adding that Huawei’s market share in the sector was 55% last year. “In the Gulf we are providing or have provided managed services partnerships with almost all of the major operators.” GTB
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