ZTE Corporation, a major international provider of telecommunications, enterprise and consumer technology solutions for the Mobile Internet, has entered into a five-year global framework agreement with Telenor Group to provide radio access network (RAN) equipment and services, including 2G, 3G and 4G technologies. The agreement covers all business units of Telenor in Europe and Asia.
As part of this agreement, ZTE will provide its most advanced software-defined radio (SDR) platform to Telenor. The solution supports multiple technologies including GSM, Wideband Code Division Multiple Access (WCDMA), long-term evolution frequency division duplex (LTE FDD) and LTE time division duplex (TDD), and multiple frequency bands simultaneously. It has a scalable and integrated design which enables rapid, smart, and efficient network deployment as well as smooth network evolution.
ZTE has delivered mobile network solutions to Telenor since 2007, and is present in several of Telenor’s markets including Hungary, Pakistan, Malaysia and Montenegro. This global agreement represents an important milestone for the strategic partnership between both companies.
Xu Huijun, ZTE SVP for wireless products, said:”ZTE has been providing efficient and competitive mobile networks to Telenor for several years. As an important partner we will continue to contribute our dedicated team and innovative solutions in-order to support Telenor to achieve commercial success in mobile broadband.”
Hilde Tonne, EVP and Head of Group Industrial Development, Telenor Group said: “LTE will be one of the major investment areas for us in the coming years and with ZTE supplying radio access equipment and professional services we will be able to bring affordable good quality mobile broadband experiences to end users, contributing to Telenor’s ‘Internet for All’ strategy.”
Telenor Group is an international provider of tele, data and media communication services. Telenor Group has mobile operations in 13 markets in the Nordic region, Central and Eastern Europe and in Asia, as well as an economic stake of 33 per cent in VimpelCom Ltd., operating in 17 markets. Headquartered in Norway, Telenor Group is one of the world’s major mobile operators with 176 million mobile subscriptions in its consolidated operations per Q2 2014, revenues of NOK 104 billion in 2013, and a workforce of about 33,000.