ZTE Demonstrates its 5G Prowess at Mobile World Congress 2018


ZTE Corporation is collaborating with China Mobile and Qualcomm to demonstrate end-to-end IoDT test based on the latest 3GPP 5G NR standard, and revealed the test results of the Sub-6GHz 5G field trial at Mobile World Congress 2018 in Barcelona, Spain.

In February 2017, ZTE, China Mobile, and Qualcomm declared that they would perform the world’s first end-to-end interoperability tests based on the 3GPP 5G NR standard. In November, the three parties jointly implemented the end-to-end interworking among 5G new air-interface systems based on the 3GPP R15 standard in the 5G joint innovation central lab of China Mobile.

The system interworking test employed ZTE’s Sub-6GHz 5G new air-interface pre-commercial base stations. The base stations successfully interworked with Qualcomm’s 5G new air-interface prototype terminals, with the peak rate of a single UE up to 1.4 Gbps and the latency of only 0.04ms.

The interworking success of the 5G new air-interface system is a vital milestone for large scale pre-commercialization of the 5G new air-interface technologies, pushing 5G networks and terminals meeting the 3GPP standard. In 2018, the three parties will perform more 5G field tests.

In December 2017, ZTE, Wind Tre, and Qualcomm jointly announced plans to conduct interoperability tests and OTA field tests based on 3GPP 5G NR.

Sub-6GHz 5G Field Trial

In 2017, ZTE and China Mobile conducted the world’s first 3.5GHz 5G field trial in Guangzhou, China. The trail is a complete solution, including 5G core network, base stations, and UEs.  In June 2017, the first Sub-6GHz 5G pre-commercial site was commissioned, with the peak rate of a single UE reaching 2 Gbps in the pre-commercial environment. In November, ZTE and China Mobile jointly performed field tests of continuous coverage of multiple base stations, which could realize continuous 5G NR coverage.

Full Series End-to-End 5G Commercial Products

ZTE has launched a series of 5G commercial products that are commercially ready for operators in 2019, including mmWave and Sub-6GHz 5G access devices, diverse 5G bearer solutions, and flexible and high performance 5G core network devices.

For 5G radio access, ZTE provides a complete series of new generation 5G base stations, such as 5G high frequency and low frequency AAUs, the NG BBU with industry’s largest capacity, and the industry’s first 4G/5G dual-mode RRU.

For 5G bearer, ZTE launched 5G Flexhaul solutions and series products, including the world’s first 1U devices that support 10GE, 25GE, and 100GE interfaces, and the industry’s first TB-level 5G platform.

For the core network, ZTE released its 2/3/4/5G fully converged cloud core network product Common Core, helping operators evolve to 5G smoothly. The product is based on the Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA), and implements the convergence of various connection modes in the Network Functionality (NF) and service planes.

ZTE has partnered with over 20 mainstream operators worldwide, including China Mobile, China Unicom, China Telecom, T-Mobile, Italy’s Wind Tre, Belgium’s Telenet, VEON, Telecom Malaysia and South Korea’s KT. In the future, ZTE will work with its partners to steadily promote 5G tests and the commercial use of 5G worldwide, aiming to provide diverse 5G experiences.