Inspur Group and Ericsson have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that expands their collaboration into new business areas, including cloud infrastructure, TV and media, and the Internet of Things (IoT), the companies said.
The MoU builds on the existing cooperation between the two companies that dates back to 2002, when Ericsson and Inspur established a joint venture to develop radio technology and products.
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.
The 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. The companies will integrate Ericsson´s MediaFirst solution with Inspur´s advantage of cloud computing.
Ericsson is a Swedish multinational networking and telecommunications equipment and services company headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden.
Inspur Group is a Chinese multinational information technology company headquartered in Jinan, Shandong, China that provides server hardware.