ZTE Corp identifies revenue potential in offering computing services to carriers (China)

According to reports, Shi Lirong, President, ZTE Corp, has said that there is big potential in offering customer services to mobile-phone companies. He said that the company has tie-ups with telecom operators China Mobile Ltd and China Unicom Ltd for a virtual office, with as many as 8 million users for its unified communication systems.

As per sources, Shi added that selling computer services will give ZTE a new source of revenue from existing network-equipment customers who seek ways to generate more sales from the pipes that carry phone calls and data. Further, he believes that cloud computing could account for one-third of the Shenzhen- based company’s sales within three to five years.

Industry analysts claim that ZTE has its work cut out for itself in order for it to be considered globally competitive with other players such as Huawei Technologies Co. and Cisco Systems Inc.