Hauwei is making further inroads into the North American market with an HSPA+ contract with Canadian carrier SaskTel.

SaskTel has tapped Huawei to supply its SingleRAN solution and fourth-generation base stations, which will provide customers a peak rate of up to 21 Mbps on the downlink. The network will reinforce SaskTel's second-generation network and pave the way for its eventual deployment of LTE.

"This new UMTS/HSPA network will enable SaskTel customers to enjoy the benefits of using UMTS and HSPA compatible cellular and data devices, and will allow them to use their phone on similar networks across Canada and around the world," said SaskTel President and CEO Robert Watson in a statement.  

Huawei's SingleRAN solution supports multi-mode convergence and evolution for operators' networks. The infrastructure company has deployed over 28 HSPA+ networks, 10 of which are currently commercially available.

Huawei recently announced that its LTE technology has reached 1.2 Gbps on the downlink. The company has deployed nine commercial LTE networks.