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Introduction to the Enterprise Innovation Center (EIC)

With the rapid development of wireless communications technologies, Vodafone Group proposes a concept of "next-generation wireless enterprises" in an effort to establish high-bandwidth, low-latency, secure, and reliable enterprise office networks using smart devices and LTE 4G wireless technology and offer good user experience and a rich set of application services for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). To that end, Vodafone is seeking technical partners worldwide to jointly develop enterprise solutions.

Leveraging Huawei's strong R&D and comprehensive technical capabilities, Huawei Enterprise Business Group cooperates openly with partners in the enterprise business field, understands customer needs, and provides comprehensive and efficient ICT solutions and services to customers. Due to its distinct advantages, Huawei Enterprise Business Group becomes a preferred partner of Vodafone.

On March 8, 2012, Huawei and Vodafone signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) at the CeBIT 2012 in Hannover to set up an Enterprise Innovation Center (EIC). The EIC will focus on the following areas in the coming three years:

  1. Jointly innovate technologies, solutions, and services.
  2. Jointly develop the enterprise market.
  3. Align roadmaps of both parties on enterprise network strategies and technologies.
  4. Carry out other activities that support the attainment of targets on enterprise network strategies.

On July 5, 2012, both parties signed two cooperation projects, i.e. LTE Enabled Office and Policy as a Service, for the EIC. The EIC will build labs and exhibition halls based on the requirements of these two projects to demonstrate Huawei's latest products and solutions to Vodafone and its customers.

The EIC will become a strategic base for Huawei and Vodafone to carry out long-term and in-depth cooperation and jointly develop enterprise solutions.

Left: Kenneth De Spiegeliere, director of Vodafone's Product Business Dept; right: Fan Miao, vice president of the West Europe Enterprise Business Dept of Huawei Enterprise Business Group