Chinese telecoms equipment provider ZTE Corp has signed an international group framework agreement with Bahrain-based Batelco, under which ZTE will supply 2G and 3G wireless network solutions to Batelco’s subsidiaries and affiliated companies. Aims of the agreement include reducing Batelco’s capital and operating expenditure whilst supporting its international expansion strategy and mobile broadband development. The Batelco group accounted for around 7.5 million mobile subscribers across Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and India as of end-September 2010. Previously, ZTE has deployed a core network for Batelco’s Go Telecom unit in Saudi Arabia, whilst at another group affiliate, India’s STel, ZTE project managed a network rollout across various circles, with more than 3,000 sites on air to date. In Jordan, ZTE is already delivering GSM equipment for Umniah’s mobile network.