ZTE prom­ises world’s first 5G phone

Shen­zhen-based telco plans nex­tgen­er­a­tion phone by early 2018

China Daily (USA) - - ACROSS AMERICA - By LIA ZHU in San Fran­cisco li­azhu@chi­nadai­lyusa.com

The next gen­er­a­tion of smart­phone is on its way, and not from Ap­ple.

ZTE Corp, a ma­jor Chi­nese tele­com com­pany, has its sights set on 5G, with a pro­to­type phone poised to launch in early 2018.

“A full range of 5G prod­ucts have been made ready. We ex­pect the 5G stan­dards can be frozen be­fore the MWC (Mobile World Congress) 2018 show (from Feb 26 – March 1). Then we will launch the world’s first 5G phone by the first quar­ter of next year,” said Zhang Zhen­hui, ex­ec­u­tive vice-pres­i­dent of ZTE, at the on­go­ing MWC Amer­i­cas (MWCA) in San Fran­cisco.

At the MWCA 2017, the in­au­gu­ral show of MWC in the US, the Shen­zhen-based com­pany show­cased an ar­ray of 5G tech­nolo­gies, in­clud­ing a 5G new ra­dio (NR), 5G Flex­haul, Cloud ServCore, and high- and lowfre­quency prod­ucts.

ZTE also brought its first cus­tom­ized AAU (ac­tive an­tenna unit), which the com­pany said is the in­dus­try’s small­est and light­est in its class.

5G is the pro­posed next telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions stan­dard, aim­ing at higher ca­pac­ity than the cur­rent 4G — higher speeds, lower la­tency, higher through­put and more con­nec­tions.

A 5G net­work pro­vides up to a mil­lion con­nec­tions per square kilo­me­ter, which makes “ev­ery­thing on mobile” pos­si­ble, com­pany lit­er­a­ture claims.

China will be one of the early 5G launch mar­kets along­side its re­gional peers, South Korea and Ja­pan. Un­like other coun­tries, China is likely to launch 5G with a pre­dom­i­nant stand­alone model, ac­cord­ing to GSMA’s 2017 Global Mobile Trends re­port re­leased ahead of MWCA 2017.

China plans to fully com­mer­cial­ize 5G in 2020. ZTE said it is try­ing to re­al­ize the com­mer­cial Pre5G de­ploy­ment in 2018 and re­al­ize the of­fi­cial com­mer­cial de­ploy­ment as of 2019.

ZTE has in­vested heav­ily in 5G re­search and de­vel­op­ment since 2009, with about 3,000 tech­ni­cal ex­perts work­ing on the field de­vel­op­ing core tech­nolo­gies, Zhang said.

The com­pany has con­ducted 5G tri­als in col­lab­o­ra­tion with China’s three largest op­er­a­tors for nearly a year — a project with China Mobile in Guangzhou, a trial with China Tele­com in Suzhou and Xion­gan and a project with China Uni­com in Shen­zhen, ac­cord­ing to Zhang.

Since en­ter­ing the US mar­ket in 1998, ZTE has con­sid­ered the US one of its most im­por­tant mar­kets and part­ners, said Zhang.

“The size of the po­ten­tial mar­kets in China and the US paves the foun­da­tion for the col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the two coun­tries,” said Zhang.


Vis­i­tors drop by ZTE’s booth at the MWC Amer­i­cas 2017 on Wed­nes­day in San Fran­cisco.

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