ZTE USA has entered into a master purchase agreement with Sprint Nextel. Under the terms of the agreement, ZTE will supply Sprint with WiMAX PC cards in express and USB form factors, and advanced modem solutions for home networking. The agreement was marked by a contract-signing ceremony today at Sprint’s Herndon, Va. offices involving Hou Weigui, chairman, ZTE Corporation, and Barry West, pesident, 4G Mobile Broadband, Sprint.
Sprint plans to make its WiMAX services commercially available to 100 million people in the United States by year-end 2008. “We chose ZTE because we found the company to be a cutting-edge innovator backed by the engineering resources of an established, leading global brand,” said. West.
ZTE’s express and USB cards will equip Sprint subscribers with anywhere wireless data access on their laptop, desktop or mobile device. The home modem can serve as a replacement networking solution for the home cable modem, enabling service providers to quickly rollout fixed broadband wireless service access via their network. ZTE’s modem is also equipped to enable carriers to offer VoIP-based voice services.
“This is an exciting day for ZTE and a significant company milestone. We are honored to be a WiMAX ecosystem partner chosen by Sprint to provide solutions for its advanced wireless broadband network,” said Hou Weigui, chairman, ZTE Corporation. “Maximizing our deep R&D resources and ability to continually and quickly innovate to keep up with market demand, we are looking forward to working with Sprint to bring the next-generation of wireless innovation to U.S. end-users.”