Chinese firm signs ‘Strategic Alliance’ to share intelligence and research with the Newbury-based operator
Huawei has entered into a ‘strategic alliance’ with Vodafone, claiming the new partnership will help the two companies share intelligence around the enterprise communications market.
Speaking at the Huawei Innovation Day in Munich, the Chinese firm said it is keen to work with telecoms heavyweights across Europe and that the new deal will see it and Vodafone develop enterprise communication and technology services.
The two companies have a long-standing history of working with each other, having previously cooperated in infrastructure and devices development and enterprise technology across the world.
Huawei conducted small cell tests at Vodafone’s Newbury headquarters last year, using the operator’s 2.6GHz spectrum.
“We have worked with Huawei across various parts of our business and this agreement to focus on the enterprise market is an important evolution,” said Vodafone Group Enterprise chief executive Nick Jeffery. “There is an opportunity for us both to bring our expertise to bear on some of the key challenges in the enterprise market.”
The partnership will initially focus on utilising Huawei’s fixed and mobile connectivity bonding technology to develop new products, including indoor network coverage, M2M module design, safe cities, Internet of Things and cloud data centres
“Now, many enterprises realise that technology-led transformation is necessary for companies to stay competitive, and improve operational efficiency and performance,” said Yan Lida, president of Huawei’s enterprise business group.
“Huawei is pleased to extend our long-standing relationship with Vodafone to establish a new agreement. We aim to carry out joint innovations, integrate our ICT expertise and global resources, help customers cope with challenges and opportunities brought by the new industrial revolution, and push ICT transformation in the industry.”
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