China Unicom, China’s second largest cellco by subscribers, and Chinese vendor ZTE have signed a strategic cooperation agreement on joint 5G and Internet of Things (IoT) innovation. The two firms will work closely in the two fields to foster a sound ecosystem and promote the sustainable development of the industry. A joint statement from the duo noted that they would: ‘work together to develop cooperative projects and conduct research on application scenarios, product demands, service applications, market development and other related fields.’ Unicom and ZTE will also look into possible future directions for 5G and IoT, with a view to achieving research results that meet the network development and evolution requirements for new business models. Regarding 5G, the pair will focus on research and investment in 5G network architecture, Mobile-Edge Computing (MEC), cross-layer optimisation and other key 5G technologies.
In a speech on the deal, Unicom’s deputy general manager said that the cooperation will allow the pair to reach business agreements as early as the research and development (R&D) stage, thereby enhancing their efforts to take a leading position in the industry. Further, Unicom will call on other operators to form similar strategic cooperation pacts with ZTE, to jointly promote future network development, technological research and new business models.