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BT and ZTE team up on convergence of global communications systems

Anuradha Shukla | June 3, 2011
Inks major new research partnership.

ZTE and BT have teamed up on exploring the next generation of fixed line, wireless and mobile telecommunications services.

Both companies have signed a major new research partnership under which ZTE will combine its extensive knowledge of equipment and network solutions with BT's world-class innovation capabilities and experience of delivering communications services in more than 170 countries.

ZTE is a publicly-listed global provider of telecommunications equipment and network solutions. BT is a global provider of communications solutions and services.

The companies note that this is the first collaboration of its kind between BT and ZTE. Both companies aim to develop international telecoms standards that drive the interoperability and convergence of global communications systems.

Committed to innovation

Principal activities of BT include the provision of networked IT services globally; local, national and international telecommunications services to its customers for use at home, at work and on the move; broadband and Internet products and services and converged fixed/mobile products and services.

"This is another example of BT's commitment to open innovation - combining with outstanding partners, customers and academic bodies to develop exciting new services and constantly improve the customer experience," said Clive Selley, CIO BT Group.

"We've been very impressed with the knowledge and sophistication of ZTE's team and, by combining our complementary strengths and expertise on a range of research projects, we expect this partnership to be very fruitful for both ourselves and our respective customers."

ZTE helps operators meet the changing needs of their customers while achieving continued revenue growth.

"It is a privilege for ZTE to work with such a respected Tier 1 global carrier," said Xie Daxiong, EVP and CTO, ZTE. "BT's UK and global experience and resources are a great match for ZTE's leadership in key fixed, wireless and device technologies, and we look forward to a close and effective research relationship."


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