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Huawei Bidding for $2.1 Billion Australian LTE Contract

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Huawei is reported to be close to signing a deal that would see it take the bulk of an Australian upgrade contract worth around USD2.1 billion.

Optus is preparing the tender for a nationwide LTE network deployment, and the Sydney Morning Herald reported that Huawei is likely to emerge with all or part of of the contract.

A senior industry source believes Huawei will get all or part of Optus' new 4G construction contract.

Optus has previously carried out LTE trials dating back to late 2011 based on Huawei supplied equipment. It was later controversially claimed that rival telco, Telstra leaked information about those LTE trials an attempt to undermine the company's bid for the National Broadband Network (NBN).

The Chinese vendor was eventually locked out of the National Broadband Contract bidding last year due to local concerns about national security.

On the web: Sydney Morning Herald

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