The German telecom operator Deutsche Telekom is said to partner with China's Huawei to offer public cloud computing services in a bid to rival US behemoth Amazon.
T-Systems, Telekom's IT division, will run the network and manage cloud storage data in project "Open Telekom Cloud", using Huawei servers and solutions expertise.
The Chinese firm will not have access to the data, Telekom said in a statement following the inking of a cooperation agreement with its partner. The German firm is seeking to consolidate its leading position in the European cloud or online services market.
The Open Telekom Cloud is scheduled for launch at next year's CeBIT technology fair as Deutsche Telekom focuses on a market segment largely dominated by US firms such as e-commerce giant Amazon's Amazon Web Services subsidiary.
Shengli Wang, Huawei's European president and board member, said in a statement on Deutsche Telekom's website that "with T-Systems as a partner, we are looking forward to further build a strategic cooperation with one of the leading ICT providers in the world".
For T-Systems IT division director Ferri Abolhassan, "more and more business customers are discovering the advantages of the public cloud, but they want a European alternative."