ZTE has reached a strategic cooperation agreement with Mojio to capitalise on the rapidly growing global connected car market.
ZTE is an international provider of telecommunications, enterprise and consumer technology solutions for the mobile internet. The company made the deal through its subsidiary, ZTEWelink. Moijo is an open connected-car cloud platform provider. The contract was signed at the Mobile World Congress 2016.
Lv Qianhao, VP of strategy and marketing, ZTE terminal business, Kenny Hawk, CEO of Mojio and Wang Zhijun, VP of ZTEWelink attended the signing ceremony.
Kenny Hawk says: “With this agreement, ZTE becomes the first Tier 1 handset device manufacturer to benefit from the Made for Mojio certification programme, enabling a turnkey connected car solution for mobile operators around the world.
“By connecting a Made for Mojio certified ZTE device to most cars made since 1996, drivers can unlock previously hidden automotive data and access an ever-growing suite of connected car apps that will help them drive better, save money, and keep an eye on what matters most.”
Wang Zhijun says: “ZTEWelink is dedicated to the internet of things (IoT) market with products of wireless modules, industry terminals and IoT solutions. Over the last two years, ZTEWelink began to enter the European and US markets and provide operators with intelligent on board diagnostics (OBD) and TBOX products based on long-term evolution (LTE) technology.
“We are delighted to cooperate with Mojio and we will work together to provide global operators and partners with end-to-end (E2E) solutions and help them rapidly launch connected car services.”
According to a recent Gartner forecast, the number of connected devices will reach 6.4 billion units in 2016 worldwide, and will increase to around 21 billion by 2020.
Since 2009, ZTE has invested heavily in IoT, and proposed its M-ICT (Mobile Internet) strategy in 2014 to focus on industry computerisation. Today, ZTE says it is achieving “rapid development in the IoT industry and intelligent patent layout”.