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ZTE focuses on second phase of China’s 5G trial

The vendor is currently testing 5G technology mostly in the city of Guangzhou

Chinese vendor ZTE has already started to work in the second phase of the Chinese government’s 5G program, ZTE’s managing director for 5G solutions, Alex Wang said during a press conference in Tokyo, Japan.

China’s 5G test is being guided and planned by the government. It is led by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), and implemented by China’s IMT-2020 (5G) promotion group.

The project’s research and development can be divided into three phases: key technology verification, technical solution verification, and system verification. The project entered the technical solution verification phase this year, the executive said.

“Last year, we completed the initial phase of the trial and this year we are entering the second phase of the government 5G trial. The first phase of the initiative included testing of some features while the second phase includes testing of the core 5G network.

“We are also engaged with China Mobile for future opportunities to deploy 5G technology in China,” the executive said. The Chinese telco have a very aggressive outlook in terms of 5G deployment. “The telco aims to deploy approximately 10,000 5G base stations across China by the end of 2019. China Mobile aims to commercially launch 5G technology by 2020,” he added.

The executive said that ZTE is mainly testing 5G technologies in the city of Guangzhou. Additional vendors including Ericsson, Datang, Nokia and Huawei are currently testing 5G in other cities including Chengdu, Shanghai, Hangzhou and Beijing.

The executive also said that the company is currently in talks with Japanese mobile operator SoftBank in order to launch a trial of 5G technology in Tokyo during 2018.

The Japanese mobile operator believes massive multiple-input/multiple-output antenna technology will represent a key part of the firm’s “5G” strategy. At the end of last year, a total of approximately 100 cell sites, mostly in Tokyo, had already been upgraded with the technology. The telco had announced that this technology will be deployed in “a few thousand sites” across Japan next year, with ZTE as one of the vendors.

ZTE is also in talks with Japanese operators KDDI and NTT Docomo to discuss future opportunities in the 5G field, he added.

In November 2015, ZTE had opened a research and development center in Tokyo to focus on creating 5G mobile network technologies. The facility currently supports ZTE’s partnerships with operators and academic institutions in Japan on the deployment of ZTE proprietary Pre5G technology and ongoing research on 5G mobile communications.

Wang also highlighted that ZTE is also focusing on future opportunities for the deployment of 5G technologies in European markets. “We are actively engaged with operators such as Deutsche Telekom and Telefonica for 5G cooperation and trials,” the executive said.

“We have already carried some lab trials with Telefonica and we aim to launch new 5G trials with European operators later this year or early next year,” he added.

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Juan Pedro Tomás
Juan Pedro Tomás
Juan Pedro covers Global Carriers and Global Enterprise IoT. Prior to RCR, Juan Pedro worked for Business News Americas, covering telecoms and IT news in the Latin American markets. He also worked for Telecompaper as their Regional Editor for Latin America and Asia/Pacific. Juan Pedro has also contributed to Latin Trade magazine as the publication's correspondent in Argentina and with political risk consultancy firm Exclusive Analysis, writing reports and providing political and economic information from certain Latin American markets. He has a degree in International Relations and a master in Journalism and is married with two kids.

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