ZTE Corp vows to ratchet up its spend on bur­geon­ing 5G

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - BUSINESS - By FAN FEIFEI

China’s ZTE Corp said it will in­vest 2 bil­lion yuan ($294.8 mil­lion) in 5G re­search and development each year, as China steps up its ef­forts to build the world’s big­gest 5G net­work and to com­mer­cial­ize 5G ser­vices in 2020.

Cui Li, vice-pres­i­dent of ZTE’s wire­less prod­uct op­er­a­tions di­vi­sion, said her group’s R&D spend­ing on 5G would fur­ther in­crease on “a wide range of fields such as in­fra­struc­ture con­struc­tion, ter­mi­nal de­vices, chips, in­ter­net of ve­hi­cles, in­ter­net of things and big data”.

ZTE has in­vested more than 1 bil­lion yuan an­nu­ally in the R&D of 5G, with more than 2,000 ex­perts in China, Ja­pan, Europe and North Amer­ica fo­cus­ing on lead­ing-edge re­search into key tech­nolo­gies.

The com­pany says it now com­mits 10 per­cent of its an­nual rev­enue to R&D.

“We are lead­ing the way in 5G re­search and work­ing closely with lead­ing op­er­a­tors such as China Mo­bile, China Uni­com, China Tele­com, Soft­Bank, Deutsche Telekom and Tele­fon­ica, to ac­cel­er­ate the development and com­mer­cial­iza­tion of 5G,” Cui said.

ZTE said it is build­ing on its lead­er­ship in 5G net­work in­no­va­tion with more than 1,500 re­lated patent applications on 5G.

In April 2016 the com­pany signed a 5G co­op­er­a­tion mem­o­ran­dum with China Mo­bile on a 5G Joint In­no­va­tion Lab. Re­cently, China Mo­bile and ZTE con­ducted a 5G field test in Guangzhou Univer­sity Town.

In Au­gust 2016, ZTE signed a strate­gic co­op­er­a­tion agree­ment on joint 5G and in­ter­net

of things in­no­va­tion with China Uni­com.

More­over, the Shen­zhen­based com­pany is a ma­jor par­tic­i­pant and con­trib­u­tor on global 5G tech­nol­ogy and stan­dard­iza­tion re­search ac­tiv­i­ties, with proac­tive par­tic­i­pa­tion in 5G stan­dard­iza­tion dis­cus­sions.

Dur­ing the Mo­bile World Congress in Shang­hai last week, ZTE of­fi­cially re­leased its 5G end-to-end so­lu­tions, in­clud­ing its lat­est in­nova-

tions in wire­less tech­nolo­gies, bearer net­works, and ser­vice applications, as well as its 5G core net­work white pa­per, pre­sent­ing the tech­nol­ogy route for 5G core net­work evo­lu­tion and development.

Zhang Jian­guo, se­nior vi­cepres­i­dent of ZTE, said the group was will­ing to go all out with in­dus­try part­ners in stan­dards, spec­trum, tech­nol­ogy, ar­chi­tec­ture, prac­tices, and other ecosys­tem fields in or­der to make 5G a re­al­ity.


Staff from JD.com Inc at­tach a pack­age to a drone in Xi’an, cap­i­tal of Shaanxi prov­ince.

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