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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

ZTE teams with Intel to push the Internet of Things

By Nick Flaherty

 ZTE is boosting its move to dominate the Internet of Things through a deal with Intel.

The company aims to use 5G as a key technology, and the two will set up an innovation lab for research and development of future key IoT technologies, including experimental verification, evaluation and research and development of related technologies.
The two have previously cooperated in many fields, such as IoT access technologies, open-source collaboration, IoT platforms and solution integration.

"In Intel’s vision, 5G will bring us a smarter Internet and deliver a world of connectivity in a more flexible, effective and cheaper way. We are looking towards the infinite possibilities that come from 50 billion smart devices and Intel and ZTE will make joint efforts for the IoT lab," said Rose Schooler, Vice President of Intel’s Sales Group and General Manager of Intel Global Internet of Things Sales. "We will create a new generation of IoT solutions for promoting the construction of an IoT application ecosystem as well as the development and prosperity of the IoT industry."

"IoT is not only an important part of the ‘Made in China 2025’ plan and the Internet+ strategy, but also an important way to promote China's industrial advancement and economic revitalisation," said Chen Jie, CIO of ZTE. "ZTE actively explores business models, and is focusing on creating two major support platforms: an IoT ecosystem platform and capital platform. I am very pleased with the progress Intel and ZTE are making in the IoT field in joint R&D and the construction of the IoT Innovation Lab. I hope that both parties can work together to make breakthroughs in terminals, networks, and IoE PaaS. We will promote the construction of an IoT application ecosystem as well as the development and prosperity of the IoT industry by strengthening industrial collaboration, eliminating information silos, and creating industrial scale effects."

ZTE has built an open connection, management, and application platform together with Intel to provide services for upstream and downstream customers in the industry chain. ZTE's Smart IoT operating system (OS) provides intelligent capabilities for IoT terminals, and the IoT management platform enables simpler equipment and user management for customers. In addition, ZTE helps partners tap the value of each "BIT" by integrating big data and cloud computing capabilities.

With regards to terminals, ZTE focuses on chips, OS, communication modules, and intelligent gateways, and actively participates in industrial collaboration to create an open IoT platform for terminal hardware and software to help industry customers accelerate the development of intelligent IoT terminals.

For networks, ZTE works on optimising short-range, wide area network (WAN), metropolitan area network (MAN), and core network technologies, in order to meet the different needs of IoT applications. 

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