ZTE, Ethio Telecom Launch Joint Innovation Center in Ethiopia

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ZTE Corporation, a major international provider of telecommunications, enterprise and consumer technology solutions for the Mobile Internet, has launched a joint innovation center in partnership with Ethio Telecom in Ethiopia.

The Ethio Telecom – ZTE Joint Innovation Center is expected to facilitate Ethio Telecom to undertake verification on new technologies as well as tests of products and services, and organize seminars, workshops and conferences, aimed to foster an open and inclusive learning environment to conduct research and development in the ICT sector.

Located in the Telecom Excellence Academy (TExA), the joint innovation center, with a lab exhibition hall, is equipped with Mobile Broadband (MBB), Fixed Broadband (FBB), Core network NFV, IP, BSS/OSS, RCS and IPTV facilities.

As a technological supplier, ZTE donated and deployed various cutting-edge technologies ofover USD 3 million, to Ethio Telecom to build the joint innovation center.

Following the opening ceremony held on March 4, 2019 in Telecom Excellence Academy (TExA), ZTE and Ethio Telecom have also signed a Memorandum of Understanding for future cooperation expecting to make full use of the center and optimize its operation.

ZTE and Ethio Telecom have been collaborating since 2000. The Next Generation Network (NGN) project and Telecom Expansion Project (TEP) are the two major milestones between the two companies.