Produced exclusively for Vodafone by the Chinese company Huawei Technologies, the VF 710 phone is the result of a strategic handset alliance signed by the two companies in February 2006. The features, design and functionality of the new phone were specified by Vodafone to maximise customers’ use of its services.
When Vodafone decided to commission Huawei Technologies to develop and manufacture a customised, competitively-priced 3G handset, it asked PA Consulting Group (PA) to help ensure a successful outcome within the challenging nine-month timescale.
With PA’s help, Vodafone gained the benefits of offshore development – fast delivery at lower cost – with minimal risk and no sacrifice of quality.
Vodafone selected PA to oversee the hardware side of the development. In addition to project management skills, PA offered a comprehensive range of relevant expertise, including design and development of telecommunications equipment, in-depth understanding of relevant standards and testing of consumer products.
The project was outstandingly successful. The Vodafone 710 3G handset was delivered on schedule, and Vodafone launched the product across Europe in October 2006.
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