ZTE to deploy China Unicom’s IMS project

ZTE has won the bid to deploy China Unicom’s IMS project.

As part of the project, ZTE will partner with China Unicom to build the provider’s IMS network in 10 northern China provinces and cities including Beijing, Tianjin, Shandong, Heilongjiang, Jilin, Liaoning, Hebei, Henan and others.

In addition, ZTE will reconstruct China Unicom’s current fixed network into an IMS network on a large scale, then gradually deploy innovative applications such as VoLTE (Voice over LTE) and RCS (Rich Communication Suite) into the network.

The rebuilt network will eventually develop to a fully-convergent FMC (Fixed Mobile Convergence) architecture, with the overall goal of improving the comprehensive full-service operation capabilities of China Unicom.

“ZTE IMS serial products are industry leading technologies,” said Liu Jianhua, CEO, Core Network Product, ZTE.

“We’re proud to work with China Unicom on this project and help facilitate the long-term sustainable development of its IMS network,” added Jianhua.

ZTE has long been an active partner of China Unicom, particularly with IMS network construction. In 2009, ZTE took part in a China Unicom IMS lab test. In 2010, during the group IMS Pilot Project in Shandong, ZTE made the first IMS call for China Unicom and completed all IMS and IOT service tests with a variety of vendors. In 2012, ZTE had excellent scores in all categories of an IMS equipment performance test index held by China Unicom.

In October 2011, a ZTE-built network for Qingdao Unicom came into commercial use and currently supports approximately 400,000 commercial users.

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