ZTE signs cooperation agreement with Intel for IoT innovation

28 February 2017, Barcelona, Spain – ZTE Corporation (0763.HK / 000063.SZ), a major international provider of telecommunications, enterprise and consumer technology solutions for mobile internet, officially signed a strategic cooperation agreement with Intel at an IoT forum in Barcelona, Spain. Both parties will jointly establish an innovative lab for research and development of future key IoT technologies, including experimental verification, evaluation and research and development of related technologies, thereby providing integrated market-oriented IoT solutions.

ZTE is committed to becoming an industry leader in the commercial use of IoT and 5G in the IoT field. ZTE and Intel have previously cooperated in many fields, such as IoT access technologies, open-source collaboration, IoT platforms and solution integration.

Rose Schooler, Vice President of Intel’s Sales Group and General Manager of Intel Global Internet of Things Sales said, “In Intel’s vision, 5G will bring us a smarter Internet and deliver a world of connectivity in a more flexible, effective and cheaper way. We are looking towards the infinite possibilities that come from 50 billion smart devices. Intel and ZTE will make joint efforts for the IoT lab. With rich experience and continuous innovation, we will create a new generation of IoT solutions for promoting the construction of an IoT application ecosystem as well as the development and prosperity of the IoT industry.”

Chen Jie, CIO of ZTE, said, “IoT is not only an important part of the ‘Made in China 2025’ plan and the Internet+ strategy, but also an important way to promote China’s industrial advancement and economic revitalisation. As a leader in independent innovation, ZTE continues to invest in research and development, to maintain continuous innovation and competitiveness, making breakthroughs in key technologies. In addition, ZTE actively explores business models, and is focusing on creating two major support platforms: an IoT ecosystem platform and capital platform. I am very pleased with the progress Intel and ZTE are making in the IoT field in joint R&D and the construction of the IoT Innovation Lab. I hope that both parties can work together to make breakthroughs in terminals, networks, and IoE PaaS. We will promote the construction of an IoT application ecosystem as well as the development and prosperity of the IoT industry by strengthening industrial collaboration, eliminating information silos, and creating industrial scale effects.”

ZTE has built an open connection, management, and application platform together with Intel to provide services for upstream and downstream customers in the industry chain. ZTE’s Smart IoT operating system (OS) provides intelligent capabilities for IoT terminals, and the IoT management platform enables simpler equipment and user management for customers. In addition, ZTE helps partners tap the value of each “BIT” by integrating big data and cloud computing capabilities.

As an ICT enabler for the IoT industry, ZTE provides Internet of Everything (IoE) solutions involving narrow band IoT (NB-IoT), long term evolution (LTE), LTE-M ASICs, modules, OS for smart devices and software development kits, accelerating the development of various sensor technologies and facilitating the research and development of IoT application gateways, sensors, and modules.

With regards to terminals, ZTE focuses on chips, OS, communication modules, and intelligent gateways, and actively participates in industrial collaboration to create an open IoT platform for terminal hardware and software to help industry customers accelerate the development of intelligent IoT terminals.

As for networks, ZTE is committed to providing customers with better connectivity services and optimising short-range, wide area network (WAN), metropolitan area network (MAN), and core network technologies, in order to meet differentiated needs for IoT applications. ZTE implements technological innovation and upgrades in delay, capacity and reliability.

ZTE has formulated end-to-end security solutions to provide customers with security services for simultaneous planning, construction and operation. ZTE pushes to adapt to security strategies in different scenarios and create trustworthy application environments, OS platforms and chip-level solutions for customers.

 

ZTE 5G solutions primed for commercial pre-deployment in 2018

28 February 2017, Barcelona, Spain – ZTE Corporation (0763.HK / 000063.SZ) announced that its 5G solutions are scheduled for commercial pre-deployment starting from the third-quarter of 2018, as the company enables operators to minimise the time to build 5G-ready networks.

At Mobile World Congress 2017 in Barcelona this week, ZTE is unveiling a new series of 5G products, giving operators first-mover advantages in their transition to next-generation services. ZTE projects that its 5G products will be deployed in commercial 5G networks in the first quarter of 2019.

At MWC 2017, ZTE is releasing a full range of new millimetre wave (mmWave) and sub-6Ghz base stations. The new 5G solutions support the 5G New Radio (NR) air interfaces of 3rd Generation Partnership Projects (3GPP) and mainstream 5G frequency bands in the industry. The new ZTE 5G base stations use massive multiple input, multiple output (MIMO), Beam Tracking, beamforming and other key 5G technologies, meeting the pre-commercial deployment requirements for 5G.


ZTE invests more than RMB 1 billion annually in 5G research and development, and was the world’s first vendor to verify key 5G mmWave and sub-6GHz technologies in 2016, with the successful completion of field testing. ZTE was the first to pass all parts of the initial phase of National 5G tests in China. ZTE has successfully completed 5G single-point technology and prototype verification and has now entered the solution verification and research and development (R&D) phase.

ZTE’s proprietary Pre5G solutions enable operators to emulate the performance of 5G networks on existing 4G LTE infrastructure, delivering gains in data throughput and reductions in latency. ZTE’s Pre5G solutions are designed to be easily upgraded to 5G in the future, and have been deployed in more than 40 networks in 30 countries around the world.

As a provider of end-to-end 5G innovations, ZTE is also leading the way in the development of future-oriented mobile devices and terminals. At MWC 2017, ZTE unveiled the world’s first Gigabit smartphone, which supports data transmission rates of 1 Gbps, delivering a quantum leap in user experience.

As a leader in 5G technology, ZTE has signed strategic partnerships on 5G development with the world’s top telecommunications carriers, including Deutsche Telekom, Telefonica, SoftBank, KT Group, China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom.

 

 

ZTE releases industry’s first IP+Optical 5G Flexhaul transport solution

28 February 2017, Barcelona, Spain – ZTE Corporation (0763.HK / 000063.SZ), a major international provider of telecommunications, enterprise and consumer technology solutions for the Mobile Internet, today released the industry’s first IP+Optical 5G Flexhaul solution, a fronthaul and backhaul integrated solution based on Internet protocol (IP)+Optical technology, at Mobile World Congress, Barcelona.

By adopting the new IP+Optical architecture, this solution provides unified transport of 5G fronthaul and backhaul services on one device, as well as super-large bandwidth, ultra-low latency and software-defined networking (SDN)-based traffic engineering. It is estimated that ZTE’s 5G Flexhaul solution can reduce the total cost of ownership (TCO) by 30 percent compared to traditional solutions.

It is widely known that 5G networks provide unparalleled experience for users in terms of bandwidth, latency and number of connections. Compared with the single scenario of 4G, 5G supports diverse scenarios including enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB)/massive machine type communications (mMTC)/ultra-reliable and low latency communications (uRLLC). The key indicators of different scenarios vary significantly and traditional networks therefore face requirements that include structure reconfiguration, equipment upgrades and improved performance. Building an efficient and cost-effective bearer network to meet the requirements for super-large bandwidth, ultra-low latency and cloudification of core networks and radio access networks (RANs) in the 5G era has become a huge challenge facing global operators.

ZTE’s 5G Flexhaul solution combines Flex Ethernet and IP+Optical architecture and provides super-large flexible pipeline transport capability for 5G fronthaul and backhaul services. The 5G Flexhaul solution implements end-to-end (E2E) application of IP+Optical synergy and provides unified planning, scheduling, management and maintenance by SDN controllers. IP+Optical integrated devices are used in the mass access layer to reduce network construction costs and save equipment room space. It implements super-large-bandwidth transport by multi-wavelength connection between adjacent nodes. Additionally, with the FlexE feature, it can flexibly isolate sub-channels of different services to provide optimal forwarding plane support for 5G bearer network slicing. The ZXCTN 6180H, a 5G transport pre-commercial solution that is also being showcased at MWC, is only 3RU high and supports up to 1T networking capacity of one access ring.

In addition to super-large pipeline transport capability, the 5G Flexhaul solution has flexible transport latency capability. The latency budget allocated to the fronthaul network by 5G cloud radio-access network (C-RAN) is less than 100us. In the forwarding plane, the 5G Flexhaul solution supports fast forwarding and ordinary forwarding modes, which can be selected according to the service type. The fast forwarding mode is used for services that are time sensitive. The time sensitive network (TSN) technology is used to reduce the switching latency between the upper and lower service nodes from 30 microseconds to just a few microseconds, and the intermediate node uses optical bypass technology to achieve a forwarding latency of less than 1 microsecond. As such, it effectively meets 5G low latency requirements and provides a powerful guarantee for new services and network architectures.

The cloudification feature included in 5G will bring flexible, ubiquitous connections. The 5G Flexhaul solution, based on SDN-based traffic engineering, can efficiently build ubiquitous connections and dynamically optimise network traffic according to the information collected by the traffic monitor to match the tidal effect of the network and substantially increase resource utilisation.

“ZTE continues its constant innovation to provide competitive solutions and products for global operators. As 5G technology is bringing in a new network revolution, ZTE is responding actively and promoting the application and trial operation of 5G transport technologies. ZTE has carried out early-stage research and discussions with a number of operators regarding a cooperation in 5G fronthaul and backhaul technology. The 5G Flexhaul solution will greatly help global operators build a future-proof, flexible, cost-effective and integrated 5G transport network,” said Mr. Zhao Fuchuan, Chief Engineer of ZTE 5G Transport Solution.

 

 

ZTE Pre5G TDD Massive MIMO 2.0 sets new record for single-site peak rate at MWC 2017

 

28 February 2017, Barcelona, Spain – ZTE Corporation (0763.HK / 000063.SZ), a major international provider of telecommunications, enterprise and consumer technology solutions for the Mobile Internet, today announced that its Pre5G time division duplexing (TDD) Massive multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) 2.0 product has demonstrated its high-speed service in a multi-user scenario, reaching 2.1Gbps and setting a new single-site peak rate record, at a demonstration held at Mobile World Congress (MWC), Barcelona 2017.

The power-on service of ZTE’s Pre5G TDD Massive MIMO 2.0 product provides an ultra-high speed through16-stream spatial division multiplexing, 3 CA (carrier aggregation), and 256 QAM (quadrature amplitude modulation), manifesting a new stage of Pre5G R&D.

To solve the conflicts between the surge in capacity demands and existing networks’ insufficient site resources, ZTE’s large-capacity outdoor Pre5G Massive MIMO macro base station achieves much higher speed and capacity than those in 4G networks by leveraging existing sites and spectrum resources. At MWC Barcelona 2016, ZTE won the Best Mobile Technology Breakthrough award and the Outstanding Overall Mobile Technology – The CTO’s Choice 2016 award for its Pre5G Massive MIMO technology. At Broadband World Forum (BBWF) 2016, ZTE won the Best Wireless Broadband Innovation award. The disruptive innovation and high commercial value of this product has been recognised by global operators, contributing to its commercial deployment in Europe, Japan and many other high-value markets.

ZTE launched Pre5G Massive MIMO 2.0 for high-end markets in September 2016. The solution supports more frequency bands and adapts to the mainstream TDD frequency bands. Being smaller and combined with base band unit and active antenna unit (BBU+AAU) architecture, it is more suitable for 5G evolution. It also provides support for multi-carrier aggregation (CA) to meet operators’ demands for large capacity. Through 16-stream transmission, the theoretical peak traffic rate of a single site reaches 2.9Gbps, opening a new Gbps era. Pre5G Massive MIMO 2.0 has been launched in China and Japan, and is expected to be commercially available on the global market in 2017.

 

ZTE releases end-to-end, enhanced and elastic E-OTN solution

28 February 2017, MWC, Barcelona – ZTE Corporation (0763.HK / 000063.SZ), a major international provider of telecommunications, enterprise and consumer technology solutions for the Mobile Internet, today announced that it has released the E-OTN solution, which covers the core ideas of end-to-end, elastic and enhanced. The solution meets the development requirements of big video, wireless, government & enterprise private lines, Data Centre Interconnect (DCI) and other new services, helping operators build ultra-large-capacity, ultra-low-delay, secure and reliable multiservice transport end-to-end Optical Transport Networks (OTNs) and drive the evolution from OTN to all-optical networks.

With the development of big video, 5G and other new services, bandwidth demands have grown rapidly, leading operators to create a trend for the deployment of large-capacity OTN equipment and building OTN from access/aggregation layers to core networks. Based on this background, ZTE releases the end-to-end E-OTN solution, which supports the express pass in optical layer, the unified transport of Optical Channel Data Unit/Packet/Virtual Container (ODUk/PKT/VC), as well as more elastic network architectures, and can elastically process services in rigid pipelines. The E-OTN product series also adopts the advanced cooling structure for energy saving and low power consumption.

The ZTE E-OTN product family comprises the ZXONE 9700 series, ZXONE 8000 series and ZXMP M721 series, which integrate intelligent control plane, Optical crossed-Connection (OXC), packet processing and OTN technologies and support for 100G/beyond-100G transport rates, as well as the industry’s largest electrical cross capacity of 64T. The solution also provides Colourless Directionless Contationless Flexgrid (CDCF) and Reconfigurable Optical Add-Drop Multiplexer (ROADM) to meet the requirements for transparent transport, flexible dispatching and convergence, in addition to management and monitoring of mass data services.

Cheng Yufei, the general manager of ZTE’s OTN product line, said: “ZTE has made continuous investment and innovation in the OTN field to help operators build a future-oriented OTN. The E-OTN solution satisfies the requirements of new services and is also suited for future developments.”

ZTE’s 100G/beyond-100G technologies are industry leading, with more than three hundred 100G network application cases and over 300,000 KM 100G network fibres in construction. Global Data (formerly Current Analysis) rated ZTE’s new-generation metro packet optical transport equipment ZXONE 9700 as a “Leader” in the metro packet – optical transport class.

 

About ZTE

ZTE is a provider of advanced telecommunications systems, mobile devices, and enterprise technology solutions to consumers, carriers, companies and public sector customers. As part of ZTE’s M-ICT strategy, the company is committed to providing customers with integrated end-to-end innovations to deliver excellence and value as the telecommunications and information technology sectors converge. Listed in the stock exchanges of Hong Kong and Shenzhen (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A share stock code: 000063.SZ), ZTE’s products and services are sold to over 500 operators in more than 160 countries. ZTE commits 10 per cent of its annual revenue to research and development and has leadership roles in international standard-setting organizations. ZTE is committed to corporate social responsibility and is a member of the UN Global Compact. For more information, please visit www.zte.com.cn.