HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Houston Rockets and ZTE USA, the fastest-growing smartphone provider in the United States, jointly announced their first partnership, making ZTE the official smartphone of the Houston Rockets for the 2013-14 NBA season. The partnership is the first of its kind for ZTE globally and the first big consumer marketing push in the U.S. since the company entered the States 15 years ago.
As part of the partnership, ZTE will have an opportunity to engage directly with the fans of the Rockets around the world through a variety of avenues, including key Rockets events, television and digital exposure, and customized in-game activation
Both the Rockets and ZTE brands are debuting new, more powerful lineups this year. ZTE is launching two new smartphones – the ZTE Grand S and the ZTE nubia 5 – while the Rockets have a highly anticipated new roster featuring James Harden, Dwight Howard, Jeremy Lin and Chandler Parsons. Moreover, both brands are expanding globally, with ZTE providing its technology to more than 500 carriers and operators in more than 160 countries, and the Rockets reaching more than 325 million people worldwide, through more than 30 different networks throughout the world.
“The Houston Rockets are a perfect match for ZTE’s first corporate sponsorship in the U.S. ZTE and the Rockets are both global brands bringing powerful lineups to excite both sports and tech enthusiasts across the country,” said Lixin Cheng, Chairman and CEO, ZTE USA. “Houston, and the U.S. at large, is a key market for ZTE going forward, building on our already 15-year track record of bringing robust yet affordable technology to U.S. carriers and consumers alike.”
ZTE and the Rockets announced this partnership in a special press event just before the first preseason game on Saturday, October 5. Houston is an important market for the Richardson, Texas-based ZTE USA. It is one of the top wireless markets in the country and many of ZTE’s carrier partners, including AT&T, Aio Wireless, T-Mobile, MetroPCS, Boost Mobile, Virgin Mobile, US Cellular, Cricket Wireless and Tracfone have large presences there.
“We welcome ZTE to the Houston Rockets family,” said Rockets CEO Tad Brown. “Together we aspire to create a partnership that will go above and beyond a simple sponsorship, into a joint effort that will attract fans locally and globally.”
Under the terms of the agreement, ZTE will receive corporate sponsor status, including use of Rockets marketing rights, TV-visible branded signage, hospitality and presenting sponsorship of tonight’s preseason opener, where the partnership and ZTE’s new devices were revealed. Looking forward, ZTE will treat fans to giveaways and promotions throughout branded kiosks at Toyota Center home games and through in-game activations. ZTE will also be the presenting sponsor of the Rockets upcoming Blacktop Battle and will participate in the Season of Giving community program.
About ZTE USA
ZTE USA (http://www.zteusa.com/), a subsidiary of ZTE Corporation, is a leading global provider of mobile handsets, telecommunications equipment and network solutions. Operating since 1998, ZTE USA is dedicated to making cost-efficient, quality communications technology accessible to all. The company provides a magnitude of devices to every major US-based carrier generating over $16 billion dollars’ worth of business for U.S.-based companies and devotes more than 10 percent of its revenue to R&D. ZTE USA is headquartered in Richardson, TX and operates 11 Sales Offices, 5 R&D centers and 1 Distribution Center ZTE is ranked as the country’s fourth-largest supplier of mobile devices overall, and third-largest supplier of prepaid devices, by independent analysts.
About the Rockets
Established before the 1967-68 NBA season, the Rockets began calling Houston home prior to the 1971-72 season. The 2013-14 campaign marks the 47th season of Rockets basketball. Under the ownership of Leslie Alexander, the Rockets brought Houston its first two major professional sports titles by winning back-to-back NBA Finals in 1993-94 and 1994-95. Off the court, the Rockets franchise has set the standard for community involvement. For more information, please visit www.rockets.com.
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