CeBIT 2015: Deutsche Telekom and Huawei sign partnership agreement in the IT business

  • New partnership for information technology and private cloud
  • T-Systems expands its position as European cloud leader
  • Private cloud in a week entirely out of a shipping container

Deutsche Telekom and the Huawei are expanding their partnership further and are now also working together on information technology. Today in Hanover, the two companies signed a global framework agreement for IT infrastructure and private cloud solutions. Huawei brings hardware and solution expertise, the Deutsche Telekom subsidiary T-Systems, its extensive cloud expertise. In its latest cloud benchmark for 2014, the Experton Group consultancy rated
T-Systems as a cloud leader.

"Deutsche Telekom is reinforcing its vendor-independence and, as of now, also offering IT products from Huawei at the best conditions in terms of price, service and quality," said Eva Wimmers, Senior Vice President of Group Procurement at Deutsche Telekom. "Huawei has convinced us, technologically and commercially. This increases our global competitiveness and makes us particularly strong for small and medium-sized customers."

At a press conference at CeBIT in Hanover, Dr. Ferri Abolhassan, Director of the IT division at T-Systems, described the partnership as a "systematic step on the part of T-Systems to consolidate its technology leadership in all matters cloud in Europe, and to expand globally." T-Systems is the first international partner to work so closely with Huawei on new concepts for IT infrastructure platforms. "We are bringing together strengths from two continents: T-Systems' technology and quality leadership in cloud services, and Huawei's cutting-edge technology and solution expertise," said Abolhassan. "In this way, we are securing for our customers the best balance of price, service and quality for transforming their IT to the cloud."

"We are delighted that we are able to expand our partnership with Deutsche Telekom and its business customers arm T-Systems in such a powerful way. We have been working together for years on network components, which has given us a leading position in Europe and beyond. Now we are also combining our know-how and cutting-edge technology in IT infrastructures and private cloud. This is a milestone in Huawei's success story," said Ryan Ding, Executive Director of the Board, President Products & Solutions.

Apart from the global delivery of hardware and software, the two companies want to start technology projects together and develop solutions for private cloud computing as well as traditional IT infrastructures that are to be transferred to the cloud. The first activities for new cloud services are already underway. With the mobile data center "Rechenzentrum-to-go" (RZ2Go) at CeBIT in hall 2, the two companies are demonstrating a mobile cloud data center for use on customers' premises. All the technical systems, from servers and storage components, to cooling systems and the power supply are completely preinstalled in a shipping container. That is why it can be delivered in just a week. This private cloud in a box is suitable, for example, for large companies that need to rapidly expand their capacities, for disaster recovery, or for data centers in special places, such as on oil rigs. The technology originates from Huawei; the process and cloud expertise, the global connection, and the operation via high-performance networks are provided by the Deutsche Telekom subsidiary T-Systems from Germany.

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About Deutsche Telekom
Deutsche Telekom is one of the world's leading integrated telecommunications companies with around 151 million mobile customers, 30 million fixed-network lines and more than 17 million broadband lines (as of December 31, 2014). The Group provides fixed-network, mobile communications, Internet and IPTV products and services for consumers, and ICT solutions for business customers and corporate customers. Deutsche Telekom is present in more than 50 countries and has approximately 228,000 employees worldwide. The Group generated revenues of EUR 62.7 billion in the 2014 financial year – more than 60 percent of it outside Germany.

About T-Systems
Deutsche Telekom considers the European business customer segment a strategic growth area. It offers small, medium-sized and multinational companies ICT solutions for an increasingly complex digital world. In addition to services from the cloud, the range of services centers around M2M, security solutions, complementary mobile communications and fixed-network products, and solutions for virtual collaboration and IT platforms, all of which forms the basis for our customers' digital business models. The corporate customers unit (T-Systems) and its 47,800 employees around the world generated revenue of around EUR 8.6 billion in the 2014 financial year.