ZTE is focusing its Mobile World Congress 2016 on being "the enabler of mobile internet (M-ICT)" display new products and solutions that follow its M-ICT strategy and designed to deliver what it refers to as "ubiquitous access, an elastic network, and a digital service”.
New pre-5G and 5G products
ZTE sees 5G as the foundation of the ubiquitous access network, and its 5G roadmap follows two parallel paths: a focus on 5G standardisation; and the application of key 5G technologies to the existing network that will help operators alleviate traffic pressure over the coming three to five years.
Over the past year, ZTE's base station, developed using its pre-5G technology – massive multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) – has successfully passed verification field tests within many operators' networks and will be commercially available soon.
Results from two other key pre-5G technologies, ultra dense network and multi-user shared access, will also be showcased at MWC. In addition, ZTE will share the progress its 5G technologies have achieved in network architecture design, MIMO, high-frequency communications, IoT integration and more.
Partnering with Tier 1 operators
In the 5G era, ZTE believes the whole world will be connected more closely and extensively than ever before, and communications will evolve from being between people to being between people and things, and among things, with potentially as many as 100 billion connections. Integration throughout the supply chain will be inevitable, therefore in this 5G era, an open, collaborative ecosystem will be required.
At MWC, ZTE will establish partnerships with world leading chip makers and Tier 1 operators to develop 5G network architecture; sign 5G memorandum of understanding (MOU) contracts with European Tier1 operators; demonstrate the latest progress in Pre5G jointly with major Japanese and Korean operators; share the experience of deploying with Russian Tier1 operators, a virtual evolved packet core (vEPC), and discuss the building, with Italian operators, of the biggest time division duplex (TDD) network in Europe. Under the global spotlight of MWC, ZTE will demonstrate to all its customers and partners that it continues to be a strategic and trusted partner.
Guaranteeing innovative video service on the 4K set top box (STB)
As cloud-based big video services become popular and a part of almost every aspect of people's lives, technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), intelligent video analysis, augmented reality (AR), and virtual reality (VR) are becoming hot industry topics.
The increasingly well-developed 4K and 8K ultra-high definition (HD) video and augmented reality/virtual reality technologies enable people to communicate and interact with each other in a more immersive manner.
According to industry estimates, video will consume more than 95% of data traffic on operator networks by 2020, marking the advent of the big video age.
The ZTE "Big video white paper", to be published at MWC, will describe the four development features of the big video service, analyse the biggest challenges to operators in video service operations, and offer up some suggestions and solutions. ZTE is also set to boost operators’ video services with the launch its 4K over the top (IPTV+OTT) Android-based STB.
Facilitating SDN and NFV
The emergence of software defined networking/network functions virtualisation (SDN/NFV) indicates the convergence of communication technology (CT) and information technology (IT) networks, which will not only re-shape the network architecture of telecom operators but also affect their eco-systems, network operations, corporate management, and business models.
Over the past two years, ZTE has teamed up with several major operators to carry out virtualisation tests and explore applications, and has been named China Mobile’s exclusive contractor for the world's largest NFV-based rich communication services (RCS) network, which will be commercially launched in 2016. Moreover, ZTE has also invested significantly in developing a large scale vEPC in the Commonwealth of Independent States.
At MWC this year, ZTE will officially release its ElasticNet-based bearer network solution, aiming to promote SDN/NFV in the bearer network field. This new solution includes the carrier-class, Cloudworks for microservices, to help telecom operators build an integrated platform-as-a-service (PaaS) for higher NFV/IT software deployment and operation efficiency.
As the enabler and practitioner of M-ICT, ZTE is committed to furthering the better use of IT technologies and the Internet as a powerful platform to empower the telecom industry. The company’s latest progress and results will be unveiled at MWC 2016.