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BEIJING -- Public cloud industry leader China Unicom Cloud Data Co. Ltd. (China Unicom Cloud Data Company) and the leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider Huawei today jointly announced that both parties have formally signed a strategic cooperation agreement on “Software Defined Networking (SDN) joint innovation". In a joint statement, China Unicom Cloud Data Company and Huawei said that the agreement will foster extensive cooperation conducted in the field of SDN in the future.

China Unicom Cloud Data Company is a wholly owned subsidiary of China Unicom. Backed by powerful network capabilities, quality basic service resources, a large customer base and good brand reputation, China Unicom Cloud Data Company provides on-demand IT services like Internet Data Centers (IDC), cloud computing, and IT infrastructure to various industries such as the Internet, government, education, finance, and logistics, to help customers improve core competitiveness.

Within the framework of the agreement, Huawei and China Unicom Cloud Data Company will jointly develop SDN controllers, and deploy SDN-based innovative solutions in China Unicom data center base networks. Both sides will collaborate on developing and innovating on key technologies to provide next-generation cloud services based on SDN, fully supporting the implementation of China Unicom’s cloud strategy. The strategic cooperation aims to explore SDN technology values for scale virtual tenant access, Virtual Machine on-demand deployment and migration, network centralized management, energy saving, and data center capability openness, etc., to further enhance China Unicom’s cloud service competence.

Mr. Jiao Gang, general manager, China Unicom Cloud Data Company, said: "China Unicom Cloud Data Company is a subsidiary of China Unicom group, focusing on IDC and cloud computer services, that aims to provide its customers with secure, stable, and reliable IDC and cloud computing services through professional, visualizable and granular solutions. By introducing technology innovations like SDN, we hope to improve our operational efficiency and service quality. This strategic cooperation will fully exploit the operational advantages from China Unicom and technology advantages from Huawei, providing top-quality cloud computing services for China Unicom customers."

Mr. Zha Jun, president, Huawei's fixed network product line, said: "This SDN agreement marks the beginning of a new era based on the continuation of positive past strategic cooperation between the two sides. Both China Unicom Cloud Data Company and Huawei will cooperate closely in the field of new technologies and new services, by establishing joint working committees, enabling both parties to benefit from their respective strengths, build future-proof competitive advantages."

Huawei is committed to developing migration-friendly and future-ready SDN architectures, in addition to leading SDN commercialization and empowering the maturity of the SDN technology in domains such as mobile backhaul, data centers, backbone networks, and metro networks. Huawei will continue to promote SDN commercialization to help carriers excel in the SDN era.

China Unicom Ltd. (NYSE: CHU)
Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd.

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