ZTE announced that it has signed a global frame agreement with Ooredoo Group for the supply of radio, cloud core, transport and 4G/5G CPE/terminals as well as related implementation and integration services for the Ooredoo Group’s operating companies. This global frame agreement extends the strategic partnership between the two parties for further five years.
ZTE, as one of the Ooredoo Group's current primary service and network equipment suppliers, has partnered with Ooredoo in Algeria, Tunis and Indonesia, where ZTE has supplied its RAN portfolio, Optical DWDM, FTTX, IP, cloud-native packet & voice core software, CPE terminals & Microwave and turnkey managed services with some Ooredoo's operating companies. Recently, ZTE and Ooredoo have extended ZTE’s footprint with new projects awarded in Algeria and Indonesia for microwave and IPRAN respectively.
Under the amendment to the new Group Framework Supply Agreement (GFSA), Ooredoo will benefit from ZTE’s latest 5G technology solutions and services, for instance, the BBU platform-V9200. The platform has the highest capacity in the industry and its single board can support 2G/3G/4G/5G simultaneously. Besides, the platform provides a variety of high-performance RF products with low power consumption, supporting flexible 5G deployment strategies.
ZTE will provide new-generation IPRAN products, which support end-to-end SRv6 deployments in all scenarios of 2G, 3G, LTE, 5G and fixed-mobile convergence (FMC), thereby allowing its customers to meet the service demands in the next five years with one single investment. By virtue of ZTE's new-generation microwave NR9000 series with E-band capability, customers can achieve the evolution of transmission network in 4G/LTE-A and future 5G networks, and overcome the challenges of capacity, spectrum and network capability.
“This renewed frame agreement with ZTE represents another step in our successful partnership with them. This will enable our companies around the world to continue co-operation on a wide range of leading-edge networks supplied by the one of the global leaders in telecommunications and information technology to enrich our customers’ digital lives,” said Christian Linhart, group chief procurement officer, Ooredoo.
“We are delighted to extend our partnership with ZTE, continuing our mutually beneficial working relationship and adding further benefits for both our business and our customers,” said Nigel Byrne, group chief technology information officer, Ooredoo. “With our industry still experiencing the effects of the pandemic, such as the global scarcity of chipsets, the extended partnership will ensure stability and reliability of supply, as well as the availability of state-of-the-art products and services to our customers. From a business perspective, the partnership balances our vendor landscape, which fits perfectly with our strategic development plans.”
Xiao Ming, global sales president of ZTE, stated: “ZTE will continue to provide innovative solutions for the Opcos of Ooredoo Group to speed up Ooredoo’s digital transformation, while delivering high-performance networks and a superior user experience driven by ZTE’s state-of-the-art cost-effective technology solutions.”
“Ooredoo Group, one of ZTE's key MTO (Multi Telecom Operator) customers, has expanded rapidly in many markets in MENA (Middle Eastern & Northern Africa) and Asia Pacific regions and continued to evolve its networks,” emphasized James Zhang, MTO & global marketing president of ZTE. “ZTE is proud of its strong partnership momentum with Ooredoo Group and we strive to boost this partnership with more projects in the near future.”