ZTE Enterprise Business Vice President for international sales and marketing, Yang Jun, has said that Chinese telecoms giant ZTE is planning to bring smart rail solutions to the South African market.
According to Jun, ZTE, together with a number of its Chinese partners, will invest billions of rands to modernise SA’s rail infrastructure.
Jun was in SA attending the Forum on China-Africa Co-Operation (FOCAC) Summit. Established in 2000, FOCAC aims to promote bilateral ties and co-operation between China and Africa through dialogue.
“ZTE and its partners are set to invest in the South African rail system. The bulk of the finance will be provided by different Chinese companies and ZTE will mostly be making its investment in the ICT part of the project,” said Jun.
According to Jun, ZTE has not engaged the South African government on the deal, but it is reaching out through its local partners. He, however, disclosed that the company has signed a contract with EOH to bring smart rail solutions to SA.
“We co-operate with many local companies to deliver solutions. We have no intention to engage directly with the government, but we work behind our local partners to get the relationships with the South African government,” he said.
ZTE’s iRail solution features include broadband communication, providing rail systems with broadband communication networks based on LTE for rail, and 100G optic network technologies. It also uses cloud computation architectures as rail transportation information platforms, integrating the existing applications, deploying virtual desktops, unified communication, and new applications.