ZTE completes 3rd phase of CMIIT IMT-2020 5G core network tests

ZTE has announced it has completed the third phase of China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology’s (CMIIT)  “IMT-2020 core network tests.”  Those tests include: evaluating the performance of the network function virtualization infrastructure (NFVI) platform, the service performance of the 5G core network element, as well as system capacity and stability.  The security function test focuses on the device identity management and registration, as well as the security service procedure in mobility.

ZTE said it has passed all test cases and met the requirements for service model and specification indicators with its test results, verifying the maturity of its 5G core network solution.

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ZTE general manager for telecom cloud and core network products Liu Jianhua said the completion of the testing represents another significant milestone following the vendor’s completion of 5G standalone architecture functionality testing in September last year.

“ZTE will actively support and cooperate with (China) Ministry of Industry and Information Technology to help the 5G industry grow mature and embrace the arrival of the 5G era,” he said.

In addition to the completion of IMT-2020 third phase 5G core network test, ZTE also completed the world’s first end-to-end connection between 5G device and system, based on 3.5 GHz NSA networking, by virtue of ZTE’s 5G prototype smartphones.   In collaboration with China Telecom, ZTE recently completed the first 4G and 5G network interoperability test using standalone (non LTE) architecture. In collaboration with Tianjin Unicom and Port of Tianjin, ZTE released 5G&MEC smart port industry applications.

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China’s IMT-2020 (5G) promotion group was jointly established in 2013 by the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the National Development and Reform Commission, and the Ministry of Science and Technology, based on the original IMT-Advanced Promotion Group. In China, it is the primary platform through which 5G research and international exchange and cooperation is conducted.  Operators participating in the IMT-2020 Promotion Group include China Mobile, China Telecom, China Unicom and Japanese telecoms operator NTT DoCoMo. Vendors which are part of the initiative are Huawei, ZTE, Ericsson, Nokia, Datang and Samsung. A number of chipset and test measurement vendors, including Qualcomm, Intel, Mediatek, Ctec, Keysight Technologies and Rohde & Schwartz are also part of the initiative.

Under the guidance of China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, IMT-2020 (5G) Promotion Group initiated the third phase of 5G R&D tests in November 2017, aiming at continuously improving the 5G technological R&D capability and promoting the maturity of the 5G industry.  Under this initiative, China state-run telcos are in the process of deploying 5G networks in 16 cities to trial the pre-IMT 2020 standard wireless technology.

China has previously announced plans to commercialize 5G mobile networks as early as 2020. China Mobile, the world’s largest mobile operator, previously said it aims to deploy 10,000 5G base stations across China in 2020.

https://www.telecomasia.net/content/zte-completes-third-phase-imt-2020-core-network-tests

3 thoughts on “ZTE completes 3rd phase of CMIIT IMT-2020 5G core network tests

  1. ZTE’s latest version of 5G core network is developed in compliance with 3GPP Release-15 specifications released in September 2018. By adopting SBA, micro-service components and network slicing, ZTE’s 5G core network can achieve flexible and agile service innovation.

    By means of the separation of service logic and data, ZTE’s 5G core network can improve service reliability and user experiences. Moreover, it enables the minute-level deployment through flexible service scheduling.

    “It is another significant breakthrough following ZTE’s completion of the SA architecture function test in September 2018,” said Liu Jianhua, general manager of ZTE’s Telecom Cloud and Core Network Products. “ZTE will actively support and cooperate with the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology to help the 5G industry grow mature and embrace the arrival of the 5G era.”

    Under the guidance of China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, IMT-2020 (5G) Promotion Group initiated the third phase of 5G R&D tests in November 2017, aiming at continuously improving the 5G technological R&D capability and promoting the maturity of the 5G industry.

    In addition to the completion of IMT-2020 third phase 5G core network test, ZTE also completed the world’s first end-to-end connection between 5G device and system, based on 3.5 GHz NSA networking, by virtue of ZTE’s 5G prototype smartphones.

    Furthermore, ZTE and China Telecom completed the world’s first 4G and 5G network interoperability test under the SA architecture. In collaboration with Tianjin Unicom and Port of Tianjin, ZTE released 5G&MEC smart port industry applications.
    https://itbrief.com.au/story/zte-takes-the-lead-in-the-global-race-to-5g

  2. SWAN Mobile, ZTE hit Slovakian milestone with first 5G video call
    SOURCE: ZTE Friday 12 July 19

    ZTE Corporation, a major international provider of telecommunications, enterprise, and consumer technology solutions for the Mobile Internet, and Slovakian Mobile Operator SWAN Mobile have jointly conducted the country’s first 5G video call in a major breakthrough for 5G commercialization. SWAN Mobile and ZTE showcased a variety of industry applications based on 5G in front of reporters and invited guests.

    The demos were run on a 5G network based on 3GPP R15, using ZTE’s 5G end-to-end solution which consists of wireless access and core network technologies, as well as 5G mobile phones. During the demo, SWAN Mobile’s CTO, Patrik Kollaroci, used ZTE’s latest AXON 10 Pro 5G flagship phone to conduct the first 5G video call in the country. In addition to the 5G video calls, visitors could also experience live demos of 5G peak rates, eight-channel HD video streaming, VR video and drone services. Tested with 60M bandwidth, the peak data rate of 5G single user reached up to 1Gbps, equaling the theoretical value. HD videos were uploaded over 5G networks in real-time by a 360-degree camera drone and downloaded by VR glasses. The result was a clear, smooth multi-channel live video experience, with the demonstrations showcasing the strong performance of the 5G network, featuring high speed and low latency.

    “With the issuing of 5G licenses, the 5G era has now arrived in Slovakia. We hope to cooperate with ZTE to provide leading 5G applications and services to Slovakian users as soon as possible,” said Roman Vavrik, CEO of SWAN. ZTE is committed to creating the ultimate experience with simple and intelligent wireless networks for operators in the 5G era, alongside mature end-to-end technology.

    To date, with the world’s first 5G commercial deployment of scale, ZTE has won 25 5G commercial contracts around the world, covering China, Europe, Asia-Pacific, MEA and other major 5G markets, and has cooperated with more than 60 operators around the world. SWAN Mobile and ZTE officially signed its 5G commercial contract on May 31st, 2019.

  3. ZTE has suggested it has spent roughly $900 million on R&D for the first six months of 2019, a 14.5% ratio of the total revenues for the period. This is an increase from the 12.8% share of the same period of 2018, with the new figure just ahead of the 13.8% share of revenues (estimate) Huawei allocated to R&D last year. The domestic rival has promised to increase this figure by 15-20% for 2019, though the overall percentage will not be known until the full year financial figures are known.

    In comparison, Ericsson said it attributed 18.5% of net sales revenue to R&D over the course of 2018, a figure which increased to 18.7% by the end of the first six months of 2019. At Nokia, 18.4% of net sales revenues were directed towards the R&D department for the first six months of this year.

    This part of the business has largely been focusing on the development of basic operating systems, distributed databases and core chipsets most recently. The company has completed the design and mass production of the 7nm chipsets, while it is currently undergoing the R&D phase for 5nm chipsets.

    All this work has resulted in 3,700 5G patents being granted to the firm, though this number might notably increase in the near future. ZTE has also said it is partnering with various Chinese universities to source 5,000 new employees to bolster the R&D ranks. Once again, these are numbers which are being cast into the public domain to enhance the reputation of the business at a time where vendors are facing scrutiny at an unprecedented level.

    Opened in Nanjing, Rome and Brussels, the cybersecurity centres will allow potential customers to test and validate the security credentials of the firm prior to installing any equipment or software in the network. Some will not be convinced this is a fool-proof way to ensure resilience, though it is an act of transparency which the industry and governments have been crying out for.

    The result of this work is 60 memorandums of understanding (MoU) with telcos around the world, 50 5G demonstrations in 20 industry verticals, 300 strategic collaborations and 200 5G products to date.

    It is often easy to overlook ZTE and designate the firm as a poor man’s version of 5G network infrastructure, but the numbers justify inclusion at the top table. The challenge which ZTE now faces it making prominent strides into Western markets, the very ones which are getting twitchy over security and price today.

    http://telecoms.com/499349/zte-gains-confidence-on-the-back-of-solid-earnings-growth/

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