ZTE puts head in cloud, has patent pop at Huawei

ZTE, in its bid to dominate every sector in wireless and elsewhere, has showed off its software which covers that buzzword, the “cloud”.

ZTE said in its 2010 annual report, released 18 March, that it wants to target the integrated circuit and cloud computing markets. Its proprietary CoCloud operating system will be at the heart of what it sells to punters in the cloud. Along with CoCloud, ZTE will also offer cloud security, virtual computing and management products.

ZTE claims CoCloud differs because it provides users with a very clear view of system processes, as well as being able to transfer resources to where they are cruicially needed. It sounds like the back-of-the-book blurb of every other cloud service to us.

In line with ZTE’s traditionally aggressive growth strategy, its president, Shi Lirong, said in a statement that it wants the cloud offerings to account for a third of total revenues. 

Storage, sorry, we mean cloud will also be the main focus of a new R&D centre ZTE is opening in Nanjing. There will be space for up to 10,000 in the R&D department, it says. 

In a statement, ZTE boasts that it has established partnerships with government agencies, which is something its Chinese rival in Huawei will probably want to play down.

Speaking of Huawei, ZTE issued a statement to the press earlier today which came across just a little like chest-beating.

Huawei and ZTE have been embroiled in a tit-for-tat patent and trademark spat in the courts, in particular over a data card, of all things. That one cropped up in the German courts, while in China they are arguing about LTE.

ZTE’s statement boast it is ranked top dog for most patent applications in the first quarter of 2011. It applied for 974 patents, while it holds 35,000 patents domestically and internationally altogether. They’re mostly for telecom standards and technologies, much like the patents Huawei will be filing for too. 

It hopes to be top of the pops for overall Patent Cooperation Treaty patent applications. It was second last year, ZTE says, adding that in the top five, it was the “only Chinese company in this group.”