Vodafone on Monday selected Ericsson for a significant portion of Project Spring, its £7 billion plan to improve its networks.

The five-year contract will see Ericsson provide base station equipment from its RBS 6000 range, which includes its Antenna Integrated Radio (AIR) cell site solution, as well as managed services that will help Vodafone with its upgrade programme.

"We have been a trusted partner of Vodafone for 30 years and we are delighted to continue and expand our relationship with this latest award under Project Spring," said Hans Vestberg, CEO of Ericsson, in a statement.

Unveiled in November, Project Spring is an ambitious capex plan funded by proceeds from the $130 billion sale of its stake in Verizon Wireless back to Verizon.

In Europe, Vodafone will spend £3 billion on its mobile networks and £1 billion on its fixed networks. It will also invest £1.5 billion to extend 3G coverage in its Africa, Middle East, and Asia-Pacific (AMAP) markets.

A further £1 billion will go towards improving customer experience, while £500 million will be spent on enterprise products.