ZTE Corporation, an international provider of telecommunications, enterprise and consumer technology solutions for the mobile internet, has signed a five-year 5G cooperation agreement with Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas of Colombia (UDFJC University) to establish a 5G Joint Innovation Research Centre in Colombia.
Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas is a public, co-educational research university based in Bogotá, Colombia and is also the first university in Colombia to have set up the electronic engineering career, which lays a profound foundation for Colombia’s 5G exploration.
As per the agreement, both sides will be committed to mutual educational and technological support while building up a cooperative relationship in line with the framework initiatives of training, project development, innovation and technology. As an end-to-end 5G supplier, ZTE will be fully involved in the development of 5G in Colombia by training 5G talents together with UDFJC University, aiming to make technical preparation for the 5G deployments in Colombia.
“ZTE is intensifying its investment in the Colombian market. We will apply our rich experience of building innovation centres with other universities to Colombia to set up the talent training bases and technology innovation centres,” says Wang Haifeng, vice president of ZTE. “We believe that the cooperation with UDFJC University will make fruitful achievements in the long run as it will definitely promote the cultivation of Colombia’s telecommunications talents and industry development.”
ZTE began work in Colombia in 2003. The company now has more than 800 employees there, of whom over 95% are local, and it has created more than 5,000 job opportunities for local partners. By virtue of the in-depth cooperation with major Colombian telecoms operators, ZTE has widely deployed its wireline, energy, service and mobile device products in Colombia.
Ricardo García Duarte, rector of UDFJC University says, “This cooperation agreement will promote the development of the next-generation 5G mobile telecommunications technologies in Colombia.”