BEIJING -- Inspur Group (hereinafter referred to as "Inspur") and Ericsson, the global leading supplier of communication technology and services, jointly announced on July 13 that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).
The MoU builds upon the existing cooperation between the two parties that dates back to 2002, when Ericsson and Inspur established a joint venture to develop radio technology and products. This collaboration is another major milestone in the cooperation between the two companies. With this new agreement, the two companies will expand their collaboration into new business areas such as cloud infrastructure, TV and media, and the Internet of Things (IoT).
In cloud infrastructure, Inspur and Ericsson will test and verify the compatibility and performance of selected Ericsson software solutions related to areas such as Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), IoT, OSS/BSS and cloud on Inspur's hardware platform, and evaluate joint proof-of-concept (PoC) opportunities.
In addition, the two companies will align standardization and participation in open forums such as ODCC and OPNFV, as well as explore possibilities for joint PoCs in areas such as 5G core networks, NFV, and management and orchestration (MANO) with operators and enterprise LTE customers.
In TV and Media, the cooperation aims to launch a total solution that enables the next generation of media cloud, and will start by integrating Ericsson's MediaFirst solution with Inspur's advantage of cloud computing. Inspur has agreed to customize its digital set-top box and other terminals to meet the requirements of Ericsson and its strategic customers.
With global industries rapidly embracing the transformational power of ICT, Inspur and Ericsson will provide joint development of IoT solutions for various vertical industries, and collaborate on future smart city projects, including smart parking, green energy, smart transportation, smart community, smart home, smart building and e-government solutions.
Furthermore, Inspur and Ericsson will partner to design and build data centers and communication infrastructure to address China's "One Belt, One Road" markets, while in the global market, the two parties will explore strategic partnerships.
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