Hutchison 3G Australia has made some changes to its network supply agreement with Ericsson. Having acquired bankrupt one.Tel, H3G now has control over the construction of its base stations and transmission equipment. This has changed its network technology requirements.
H3G will now seek third party vendors to provide some of the network platforms and applications, instead of Ericsson. This should leave H3G on target in terms of 3G roll-out costs, despite the new responsibility of the one.Tel base stations..
However, Ericsson, whose deal with Hutchison was originally worth $457 million, shouldn’t be too disheartened. It will remain H3G Australia’s primary supplier of infrastructure.