Chinese networking giant Huawei announced today that it will be upgrading Vodafone's mobile networks in Europe and Africa over the next five years. 

Through the partnership, Huawei said it will enhance Vodafone radio access networks in 15 countries including the UK, Germany, Italy, Spain, Romania and South Africa.

Specifically, Vodafone will use Huawei’s SingleRAN technology and Active Antenna System in a bid to expand and strengthen its mobile coverage, improve customer experience and improve operational efficiency.

Huawei said its SingleRAN solutions will allow Vodafone to support wireless communications services on a single network infrastructure, under multiple mobile communications standards (2G, 3G, and LTE), while the Active Antenna System will simplify the antenna deployment and improve data throughput performance.

Huawei rotating CEO, Eric Xu, said: “We look forward to working on this extension of our long-standing strategic relationship, which reflects the increasing demand for high-quality mobile broadband networks we are seeing globally as 4G grows in popularity.”

Huawei's networking technology, which has been shunned by the US over security concerns, is deeply embedded in the UK's telecoms infrastructure after the Shenzhen-headquartered firm signed a deal in 2005 with BT to provide parts for its extensive broadband network.