Huawei, New Zealand's Telecom launch joint innovation program
WELLINGTON, Oct 15, 2013 (Xinhua via COMTEX) --
Huawei, the Chinese
telecommunications giant, and New Zealand's Telecom have signed a
memorandum of understanding (MoU) to establish a joint innovation
program which promotes direct collaboration between New Zealand's
largest telco and Huawei's global research and development (R&D)
The program will operate under a shared management structure,
headed by two executive sponsors, David Havercroft, Telecom chief
operating officer, and David Wang, president of Huawei Wireless.
Senior staff from Huawei and Telecom will form a steering committee
and meet regularly to appoint project teams as required.
Wang was in Auckland to sign the MoU and said the project would
enable Huawei to tailor technologies for New Zealand and allow
Telecom to benefit from the Huawei research and development
"Huawei has 70,000 staff dedicated to R&D and in 2012 alone we
invested 4.8 billion U.S. dollars in this area. We have always
believed our technology must be shaped by the demands and challenges
of our customers and this collaboration will allow us to work closely
with Telecom staff to better understand their business and their
customers," he said in a statement on Tuesday.
He said products shaped by the New Zealand market would also have
the potential for deployment around the world.
Havercroft said Telecom was dedicated to delivering the very best
products and services to its customers, and the ability to shape what
was available from a technology partner would be a huge advantage.
"We see this as a perfect win-win opportunity. As New Zealand's
largest telecommunications company, we have a deep understanding of
what Kiwi customers want. And as one of the biggest technology
companies in the world, with a massive R&D capability, Huawei offers
the ability for New Zealand to tap into market leading ideas,"
Telecom will launch its new 4G LTE network, in collaboration with
Huawei, Cisco and Ericsson, on Nov. 12 in Auckland, Wellington and
"Huawei was selected as a key supplier on our 4G network for two
key reasons. The first is that they have extensive global experience,
having built 73 LTE networks in 42 countries. The second is that they
are truly pushing the boundaries of LTE technology through their
R&D," said Havercroft.
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