Chinese kit maker to become supplier of NFV infrastructure, vEPC solutions.

ZTE this week signed a global framework agreement with Veon, the telco formerly known as VimpelCom.

Under the deal, the Chinese kit maker will become a supplier to Veon of network function virtualisation (NFV) infrastructure and virtual evolved packet core (vEPC) solutions.

"In the field of virtualisation, ZTE has been committed to bringing innovative, leading technology solutions to operators. This will make operators’ resource management more efficient and more convenient to maintain, whilst also making their networks more flexible," ZTE said, in a statement on Thursday.

As well as this week’s Veon deal, ZTE earlier this year was revealed as the hardware partner for Telekom Austria’s Belarussian unit Velcom, which in January laid claim to the world’s first fully-virtualised core network.

According to the agreement with Veon, ZTE will deploy large-scale NFV infrastructure, as well as vEPC networks in several countries, including Russia.

"The cooperation between the two parties will effectively promote Veon’s NFV strategic planning and digitalisation initiative," ZTE said.

"ZTE will help Veon to achieve its digital transformation, and improve user experience through the use of innovative technology," the company added.