ZTE has signed an agreement with China Unicom for cooperation on 5G and Internet of Things. They two say they will work closely together “to foster a sound ecosystem and promote sustainable development” in the fields of 5G and IoT.
They will jointly develop cooperative projects and conduct research on application scenarios, product demands, service applications, market development and other related fields. They will also look at possible future directions of 5G and IoT, and say they aim to achieve research results that meet the network development and evolution requirements for new business models, laying a solid foundation for long-term technical cooperation and a mutually beneficial results for both parties.
Both China Unicom and ZTE are researching 5G network architecture, mobile-edge computing (MEC), cross-layer optimization, bearer and other key 5G technologies to promote 5G development strategies and standardization.
In IoT, both parties say they conduct research and experimental verification of key IoT technologies and implement research and development of service solutions and products to promote technological development and industrial cooperation.
Mr Shao Guanglu, deputy general manager of China Unicom, said China Unicom would call upon other operators endowed with common resources for strategic cooperation with ZTE, jointly promoting future network development, technological research and business models.
Mr Xu Huijun, ZTE's CTO, said ZTE’ aim was to become a global pioneer in IoT and 5G with China Unicom as a long-term strategic partner.