Qatari multinational telecommunications company Ooredoo Group has received a delegation of senior representatives of its partner, the Chinese partially state-owned technology company ZTE Corporation to sign an extension of their existing partnership.
According to a press note from the Doha-headquartered telco, the visit comprised the first face-to-face meeting between C-suite executives from Ooredoo Group and ZTE since pandemic restrictions were lifted, enabling discussion of strategic business topics, as well as a signing ceremony to cement the extension of the partnership.
"ZTE is a key service and network equipment supply partner of the Ooredoo Group, with joint operations already underway across the Group’s operating companies. The official signing of the extension of the partnership between the two entities took place at a ceremony at Ooredoo’s headquarters recently," said the release.
The extended partnership takes the form of a global frame agreement (GFA) for the supply of Radio, Cloud Core, Transport, and 4G/5G CPE/Terminals as well as related implementation and integration services for Ooredoo Group’s operating companies. The partnership extension is completed by a special agreement for ZTE to supply CPE devices such as 5G MiFi, 5G routers, and others.
Nigel Byrne, Group Chief Technology Information Officer, Ooredoo, said: “ 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.”
The existing partnership has seen the two entities working together in several Ooredoo Group’s operating companies, including Ooredoo Algeria, Ooredoo Myanmar, and Indosat Ooredoo.
New projects have also recently been awarded in Algeria and Indonesia for Microwave and IP-RAN data networking equipment – both oriented to the LTE and 5G era – respectively, with new supply orders of devices being placed in Kuwait, Tunisia, Algeria, Myanmar, and Indonesia. Strategic plans will see elements of the partnership is further expanded to other Ooredoo companies.