Qatar-based multinational telecoms group Ooredoo has extended its partnership with Chinese technology vendor ZTE via 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 includes a ‘special agreement’ for ZTE to supply CPE devices such as 5G MiFi, 5G routers and others, Ooredoo noted.
Ooredoo’s CTO Nigel Byrne commented: ‘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 pair working together at group companies including Ooredoo Algeria, Ooredoo Myanmar and Indosat Ooredoo (Indonesia). New projects have also recently been awarded to ZTE in Algeria and Indonesia for microwave and IP-RAN data networking equipment, with new supply orders of devices being placed in Kuwait, Tunisia, Algeria, Myanmar and Indonesia. Strategic plans will see elements of the partnership being further expanded to other Ooredoo companies.