NetOne Criticised Over Huawei Contract

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Zimbabwe based mobile network NetOne may have broken local laws when it awarded a USD251 million upgrade contract to Huawei.

A local news report claims that NetOne told the State Procurement Board (SPB) that only Huawei were able to supply the necessary equipment for its network upgrade.

"NetOne currently has two suppliers for its core network: Nokia Siemens Networks (formerly Siemens), who were awarded the initial tender for the supply of equipment to set up NetOne and the other, Huawei Technologies of China. It is not possible to upgrade equipment supplied by a vendor with effect from a different vendor," NetOne's CEO Reward Kangai is said to have written in a letter seen by The Independent newspaper.

The SPB asked for more quotes, and specified that they had to be from Chinese vendors, but NetOne is reported to have submitted a quote from Japan's NEC instead, and no other quotes from European vendors.

The newspaper cited a number of letters between government officials also expressing concern about the contract.

According to our records, the contract was awarded last July and was for 2,000 base stations with LTE upgrade capability.

NetOne is owned by the government.

On the web: The Independent

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