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TCIL and ZTE partner to tackle smart city development in India

Steve Rogerson
September 3, 2015
In the week that the Indian government finally released its list of 100 smart city applicants, state-owned Telecommunications Consultants of India Ltd (TCIL) has teamed up with Chinese telecoms gear maker ZTE to work jointly on smart cities and railway projects.
TCIL is the first company in India to be awarded the work for designing, supplying, installation, testing and commissioning of GSM-based mobile train radio communications system for Eastern Railway, TCIL chairman and managing director Vimal Wakhlu said in a joint statement.
"ZTE and TCIL together are fully confident in the development of smart city and railways business in India in the coming years," he said.
Under the agreement, ZTE and TCIL will jointly work to drive smart cities in India in line with government initiatives, and complete information systems for railways.
ZTE shall take advantage of the PPP mode recommended by the state council and the central ministry, in which the government provides guiding funds, and support policies, cooperate with operators and social resources to construct and operate smart cities, ZTE India CEO Philip Liu said.
ZTE has also signed a global cooperation agreement with telecoms operator Telefónica. The partnership should strengthen ZTE’s position as primary technological partner for Telefónica.
ZTE, which operates in 160 countries, already delivers several network systems for Telefónica across 2G, 3G and LTE radio access networks, fixed access networks, high capacity optical transport networks, internet protocol radio access networks (IPRAN), IP multimedia subsystem (IMS) core networks, power systems, and value added services and applications such as voicemail platforms.
“Telefónica is constantly exploring new technologies that will provide a best-in-class user experience for our customers,” said Telefónica’s José María Álvarez-Pallete López. “We see ZTE as one of our key technology partners in helping us support the ever increasing communication needs of the future. Partnering with ZTE will also support our vision of being a smart, digital telco, primed to lead the digital transformation.”
This agreement aims to increase ZTE’s involvement in areas where it is already working with Telefónica. Additionally, it aims to deepen the partnership on next-generation network innovations such as the development of ultra-high broadband via gigabit passive optical network (GPON) technology, high-resilient, high capacity transports systems using photonic mesh networks, clearer and richer voice communications with voice over long term evolution (VoLTE) services and microwave transmission.
“ZTE is delighted to work with Telefónica, the leader in network innovation in Europe and Latin America,” said Lirong Shi from ZTE. “We are expecting unprecedented connection demands in the mobile information and communication technology era. We are committed to providing a ubiquitous access, elastic network and digital service telecoms operation and network evolution concept to help Telefónica realise its network values and make key breakthroughs.”