ZTE Corporation, a publicly-listed global provider of telecommunications equipment and network solutions, has signed a distribution agreement in the UK with Touchline Video, a leading distributor in video-communications solutions. The agreement with Touchline Video will see ZTE bring its full series of video-related products, including telepresence, HD videoconferencing, video surveillance, digital home equipment and IPTV solutions to the UK market for the first time.
ZTE established its first videoconferencing R&D facility in 1994 and started exporting its solutions four years later. The ZTE videoconferencing system (VCS) currently has mature applications in 27 countries and regions with 35 industry customers. ZTE has shipped over 100,000 VCS terminals. The distribution agreement with Touchline Video marks ZTE’s first move into the UK videoconferencing marketplace.
“As the provider of the world’s first commercial application of IMS (IP multimedia subsystem) multimedia teleconferencing, ZTE can provide the best solutions in the industry. The ZTE VCS system supports SIP (session initiation protocol) and IMS network multimedia integrated services, and a wide range of terminals including VoIP phones, 3G video mobile phones, IM soft terminals, and videophones,” said Jim Jing Hui, Managing Director of ZTE UK. “ZTE invests more than 10% of annual sales revenue into R&D. As a major listed provider of powerful integrated multi-media communications systems, ZTE can provide its customers with the most comprehensive and customisable solutions at very competitive price points. We expect UK businesses to be taking advantage of ZTE VCS from November 2011 onwards.”
“Working with China’s number one supplier of videoconferencing equipment can only be a good thing for Touchline Video and for our customers. The benefits of videoconferencing are widely known, but now more than ever UK companies are starting to realise the cost and environmental benefits of using the technology,” said Barry Cross, Managing Director of Touchline Video. “We’re seeing video calling gain traction in the consumer space with established services like Skype and nascent services such as video messaging in Facebook and Xbox Kinect all helping to raise familiarisation. Indeed, it will soon be commonplace in the home over IPTV channels. Business demands enterprise quality services of course, and we’re very