ZTE signs managed service deal with German telecoms E-Plus

Chinese telecom equipment maker ZTE will operate and maintain the E-Plus network, a mobile operator in Germany.

As per the 5-year managed services deal, ZTE will look after building, operating and maintaining the E-Plus network.

The E-Plus Group will retain ownership over the network and maintain control over strategic network planning and development.

“We can take advantage of the synergies available as ZTE supplies telecom equipment and builds and operates the E-Plus network in Germany,” said Andreas Pfisterer, chief technology officer at the E-Plus Group.

The E-Plus Group has been working with ZTE since 2009 to expand its UMTS network and upgrade its core network. E-Plus made the decision in February to contract ZTE as its supplier and partner in the company’s expansion of its LTE network in Germany.

Earlier, ZTE said its professional service products grew 28 percent in 2012, despite the recession in the global telecommunication industry.

Since 2008, the ZTE service division has achieved a compound annual growth rate of 40 percent, with managed services reaching a compound annual growth rate of 58 percent.

As part of strengthening ZTE’s professional service products business, ZTE said its newly launched UniCare service solution will target mobile operators. Its UniCare solution covers network by offering operation assurance aimed at network performance management, service quality management and customer experience assurance, as well as operation consulting aimed at network, service and market development.

“The fact that ZTE is taking over the maintenance and servicing of the mobile communications infrastructure of E-Plus as part of a managed services contract proves the capability of ZTE to deliver first class services and solutions,” said Betty Cui, president Europe Region and vice president of ZTE.

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