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ZTE showcases Daydream-ready phone at #MWC17

Written on Sunday, 05 March 2017 11:44

ZTE, a leading global mobile device maker, is showcasing the newly updated Axon 7 with both Android Nougat and Daydream by Google at MWC 2017. As the first Daydream-ready phone from Chinese manufacturer, the ZTE Axon 7, not only delivers the best VR experience, but also the best value of any flagship smartphone at an unbeatable price.

With the Axon 7's stunning 2k WQHD AMOLED display, Hi-Fi and dual front facing speakers, the Axon 7 brings users one of the most immersive VR experiences available on the market today.

"Delivering Android Nougat for the Axon 7 provides our worldwide users with an enhanced experience and greater value when purchasing this flagship device," said ZTE spokesperson. "Also, with Daydream-ready Axon 7, consumers in U.S. are now able to have an immersive VR experience at a price they can afford when paired with the Daydream View headset." 

The release of Android Nougat provides Axon 7 users with the ability to personalize the device like never before. With added features at their fingertips such as the ability to run two apps side by side, save battery power and data package while on the go, express themselves through added emojis, Axon 7 continues to provide a flagship experience at a price that is unbeatable.

ZTE, which is returning to Barcelona for the 13th time, will focus on leading 5G evolution, advancing cloudification, creating the Internet of Everything, and developing state-of-art devices. The ZTE booth at MWC 2017 will be located at 3F30, Hall 3, Fira Gran Via, Barcelona. Visitors are welcome to demo the latest pioneering technology for the new connected era, as well as view a thrilling holographic video and explore the Axon 7 & Daydream by Google experience area and the Axon 7 Max and Blade V8 3D photo shooting experience zone.

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Chinese telecom companies Huawei and ZTE and also Samsung's LG were among the firms that unveiled new smartphones at Mobile World Congress 2017, perhaps in an attempt to capitalize on Samsung's withdrawal from the event where it was supposed to release its flagship but decided to delay to take extra precautions to avoid another exploding battery disaster.

The annual Mobile World Congress, held in Barcelona, Spain, usually hosts Samsung's new smartphone releases. But this year, the world's largest mobile phone maker had no such device to unveil of its own at the show.

Samsung is taking its time to release its new handset to avoid making another massive mistake – the company has to discontinue its flagship Galaxy Note 7 smartphone last year in October after several reports of exploding batteries in the devices. What's more, Samsung's parent company, Samsung Group, is caught up in a corruption scandal that saw its chief arrested recently.

In its usual fashion, Apple, the world's second largest smartphone marker, did not show up at MWC. The Californian company's absence leaves other smaller smartphone makers a rare opportunity to grab people's attention at the event.

China's Huawei, which aims to overtake Apple and Samsung in the high end smartphone market, unveiled its new flagship model, the P10 and the larger P10 Plus on Sunday 26 Feb, the eve of the official start of the MWC event. The device features dual Leica camera lenses, a longer-lasting battery and a fingerprint sensor system.

Huawei has been making gains on its top rivals, but not enough to close the gap, according to Forrester Research analyst Thomas Husson. He says, "Huawei is a brand that lacks a strong personality, especially in the United States and in Western Europe."

The company managed to gain some ground on Samsung and Apple in 2016, increasing its share of the smartphone sector to 8.9 percent in 2016 from 7.3 percent a year earlier, according to the Gartner consultancy group. Samsung on the other hand saw its market share shrink over the same period by two full percentage points to 20.5 percent and Apple contracted to 14.4 percent from 15.9 percent.

Huawei chief executive, Richard Yu, remains confident about the company's ambitions to become the world's number one smartphone distributor "maybe in five years," he said. "We are focused on the goal of becoming the market leader, we hope to get there."

Other releases at MWC included South Korea-based LG's new flagship smartphone designed for split-screen use so that it can show two apps at the same time. The device also features dual rear cameras. In addition, China's ZTE unveiled the world's first smartphone compatible with super fast 5G mobile internet service that networks expect to have up and running by 2020.

Nokia and BlackBerry, two former mobile phone leaders, made a comeback at the event, releasing their own new devices. Nokia unveiled three new Android smartphones and showcased a revamped version of its iconic 3310 device after more than a decade since it was phased out.

BlackBerry debuted a new high-end device, the KEYone that brings back the brand's signature physical keyboard and has a larger screen than previous models. Like Nokia, its new phones will be made under license by a Chinese manufacturer.

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ZTE Signs Cooperation Agreement with Intel for IoT Innovation

Written on Wednesday, 01 March 2017 11:49

ZTE Corporation a major international provider of telecommunications, enterprise and consumer technology solutions for mobile internet, and Intel, officially signed a strategic cooperation agreement at an IoT forum in Barcelona, Spain. Both parties will jointly establish an innovative lab for research and development of future key IoT technologies, including experimental verification, evaluation, and research and development of related technologies, thereby providing integrated market-oriented IoT solutions.

ZTE is committed to becoming an industry leader in the commercial use of IoT and 5G in the IoT field. ZTE and Intel have previously cooperated in many fields, such as IoT access technologies, open-source collaboration, IoT platforms, and solution integration.

Rose Schooler, Vice President of Intel's Sales Group and General Manager of Intel Global Internet of Things Sales said: "In Intel's vision, 5G will bring us a smarter internet and deliver a world of connectivity in a more flexible, effective and cheaper way. We are looking towards the infinite possibilities that come from 50 billion smart devices. Intel and ZTE will make joint efforts for the IoT lab. With rich experience and continuous innovation, we will create a new generation of IoT solutions for promoting the construction of an IoT application ecosystem as well as the development and prosperity of the IoT industry."

Chen Jie, CIO of ZTE, said: "IoT is not only an important part of the 'Made in China 2025' plan and the internet+ strategy, but also an important way to promote China's industrial advancement and economic revitalization. As a leader in independent innovation, ZTE continues to invest in research and development, to maintain continuous innovation and competitiveness, making breakthroughs in key technologies. In addition, ZTE actively explores business models, and is focusing on creating two major support platforms: an IoT ecosystem platform and capital platform. I am very pleased with the progress Intel and ZTE are making in the IoT field in joint R&D and the construction of the IoT Innovation Lab. I hope that both parties can work together to make breakthroughs in terminals, networks, and IoE PaaS. We will promote the construction of an IoT application ecosystem as well as the development and prosperity of the IoT industry by strengthening industrial collaboration, eliminating information silos, and creating industrial scale effects."

ZTE has built an open connection, management, and application platform together with Intel to provide services for upstream and downstream customers in the industry chain. ZTE's Smart IoT operating system (OS) provides intelligent capabilities for IoT terminals, and the IoT management platform enables simpler equipment and user management for customers. In addition, ZTE helps partners tap the value of each "BIT" by integrating big data and cloud computing capabilities.

As an ICT enabler for the IoT industry, ZTE provides Internet of Everything (IoE) solutions involving narrow band IoT (NB-IoT), long term evolution (LTE), LTE-M ASICs, modules, OSs for smart devices and software development kits, accelerating the development of various sensor technologies and facilitating the research and development of IoT application gateways, sensors, and modules.

With regards to terminals, ZTE focuses on chips, OS, communication modules, and intelligent gateways, and actively participates in industrial collaboration to create an open IoT platform for terminal hardware and software to help industry customers accelerate the development of intelligent IoT terminals.

As for networks, ZTE is committed to providing customers with better connectivity services and optimizing short-range, wide area network (WAN), metropolitan area network (MAN), and core network technologies, in order to meet differentiated needs for IoT application. ZTE implements technological innovation and upgrades in delay, capacity, and reliability.

ZTE has formulated end-to-end security solutions to provide customers with security services for simultaneous planning, construction, and operation. ZTE pushes to adapt to security strategies in different scenarios and create trustworthy application environments, OS platforms, and chip-level solutions for customers.

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China’s ZTE has announced that it will unveil its first ‘gigabit’ handset at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next week. The eagerly anticipated device is set to contain 360-degree panoramic video capabilities, enhanced HD video and cloud storage.

Full specifications of the new handset remain under wraps, but the Chinese company teased the Barcelona launch of the ZTE Gigabit Phone alongside an upgraded version of its flagship Axon7 and other new products in its Blaze series.

ZTE have further disclosed that its new device offers an improved entertainment experience –which includes a fast cache of high quality music and video content. In a statement issued by the Chinese firm they revealed that the new ZTE Gigabit Phone represented an important cornerstone on the path to 5G.

A spokesman said: “The introduction of the forward-looking smartphone, the ZTE Gigabit Phone, marks an important cornerstone for the 5G mobile era.” In addition to this, ZTE believes the device will revolutionize ‘connectivity’ with a new standard of download speeds, 1Gb/s, bringing a qualitative leap to a new world of mobile experience.

Analysts are predicted that Gigabit LTE will be a key theme at Mobile World Congress this year, which follows a demonstration of network technology which was conducted by Australian firm Telstra in January.

Analyst firm CCS offered their predictions for MWC, they said: “Gigabit LTE is going to be the headline story when it comes to network evolution. To deliver the download speeds to consumers, they will need a device able of accessing next-generation technology.”

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Chinese telecoms giant ZTE Corporation, together with Indonesian service provider Smartfren Telecom Tbk, successfully completed the Pre5G Massive MIMO service test. This is Southeast Asia's first field commercial trial of Pre5G technology that could support technology evolution from 4G to 5G, demonstrating Smartfren’s continuous leadership in 4G technologies to the benefit of its customers.

At a press conference, Smartfren demonstrated the real live effect of using the Pre5G Massive MIMO to cover Teras Kota shopping mall in Jakarta. With the Pre5G Massive MIMO deployed outside the mall, the user rate inside the mall has been greatly improved from a few mbps to more than 30 mbps per user, ZTE stated.

Compared with a traditional macro base station, the Pre5G Massive MIMO provides a single-cell user rate of 4-6 times faster. In an area with weak coverage, the Pre5G Massive MIMO uses the three-dimensional beamforming technology to improve the single-user throughput by 6-10 times, greatly enhancing the cell-edge user experience.

“Smartfren is continuously leading in 4G in Indonesia, being the first operator to introduce 4G LTE Advanced service and VoLTE in 2015, and offering the widest 4G coverage across Indonesia to more than 200 cities,” said Christian Daigneault, CTO of Smartfren. 

“With the commercial demonstration of Massive MIMO with our partner ZTE, we prepare the way to 5G and ensure that we are using the latest technology for the benefit of our customers.  We intend to use Massive MIMO Base Stations to improve significantly customer experience inside high buildings and shopping malls, as well as to augment capacity in areas of extremely high wireless users. Smartfren can be first to use Massive MIMO in Indonesia since this technology is ideal with our TDD frequency band at 2300MHz.”

ZTE’s Massive MIMO and Multi-Antenna Space Division Multiple Access (SDMA) improves the efficiency of wireless spectrum and extends the coverage and capacity of the network which in turn provides better service stability. If we use the analogy of highway lanes as an example, without Massive MIMO, it is comparable to a two-lane highway and with the presence Massive MIMO, the number of lanes become 8, said ZTE.

Since 2015, ZTE has launched several commercial Pre5G Massive MIMO pilot projects in multiple markets and so far has already cooperated with more than 20 global carriers to deploy its Pre5G solution.

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Ericsson’s newly appointed CEO, Borje Ekholm, has pledged to guide the beleaguered company through what he has labeled a “period of intense change”. The Swedish telecoms giant has endured some major setbacks, and was forced to lay off more than 3,000 of its Swedish staff last year. What’s more, the company has been forced to fight off bribery allegations after former executives of Ericsson told the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that they had engaged in multiple counts of bribery in different regions all over the world in an effort to secure major contracts.

However, incoming Borje Ekholm has insisted that under his tenure the company will come through this intensely difficult period, and will emerge as an “even stronger leader” in the industry. In a statement, Ekholm pointed to Ericsson’s position in the development of 5G as a reason to be optimistic for the future, and reiterated his desire to return the company to success.

Ekholm said: “As a company and an industry we are going through a period of intense change. Our job is to ensure that Ericsson emerges as an even stronger leader, providing the industry and our customers with superior products, services and solutions. We will ensure that Ericsson remains at the forefront of technological development – across all parts of our portfolio and markets. Our task is to make our customers successful, which in turn will make us successful.”

In addition to the 3,000 job losses in Sweden, Ericsson was also forced to lay-off over 1,000 of its staff in Italy. Ekholm’s appointment brings an end to the six month tenure of interim boss Jan Frykhammar, who took over following the resignation of long-term CEO Hans Vestberg in July last year.

To coincide with Ekholm’s first day as CEO, Ericsson announced it had signed a deal with Vodafone Hutchinson Australia (VHA) with hardware and software to virtualize the operator’s core and IP network. The collaboration between the two is a result of its high-profile Cisco partnership and Ericsson believes it represents the first time the two companies have worked together on telecoms cloud infrastructure for an operator.

VHA CTO Kevin Millroy said the new infrastructure “opens the door to new business models and markets,” citing the development of Internet of Things technologies as a particular aim for the company.

But this is just a small taste of success for a company facing a tough road ahead. Ekholm is a long-time board member at Ericsson, and is taking on the role of CEO at a time when the company saw its share price plummet 35 percent last year amidst steep revenue declines, competition from Chinese competitors, and a slowdown in carrier spending as large investments in fourth-generation wireless gear vastly wound down.

Industrivarden AB and Investor, Ericsson’s two largest investors, pushed former CEO Hans Vestberg out of the company last year after he failed to predict the company’s downturn, missed financial targets, and didn’t react sufficiently to a collapsing market.

Caretaker CEO Frykhammar has done his best to cut costs, but hasn’t offered much clarity for the future of the company. That leaves Ekholm to lead Ericsson to a brighter future. There is hope, seeing as Ekholm once led Investor, the Wallenberg family’s investment company, during a 10-year period when the stock returned almost 300 percent.

At Investor, Ekholm, who is a trained engineer with Swedish and U.S. citizenship, generated impressive returns by updating the portfolio with wholly-owned, unlisted companies that helped to triple the stock price. The man is seen as an impressive executive, but he also sat on the board of Ericsson during the years when it declined, which has led some investors to doubt him, and prefer an outsider option.

In a recent phone interview with Bloomberg, Neil Campling, head of technology research at Northern Trust Securities, shared his opinion of the new Ericsson CEO: “First and foremost he has to rebuild the credibility of the company,” he said. “He has to do that by setting out a clear strategy and clear financial targets, and delivering on those targets.”

In a statement released on January 16, Ekholm said: “We are only at the beginning of the mobility journey as we in coming years will see massive transformation across industries. “Ericsson has shaped an entire industry and led technology developments.”

Ekholm was praised by Ericsson Chairman Leif Johansson in a statement: “Borje has a deep understanding of the business and the challenges Ericsson currently faces,” he said, adding that the CEO “will be able to guide Ericsson on the next steps of the company’s development.”

The most important thing for Ekholm to focus on as the new CEO of Ericsson, is evaluating the company’s costs, product offerings, and competitiveness against rising Chinese market rivals such as ZTE Corp. and Huawei Technologies. As China experiences an economic slowdown, these companies are getting more aggressive in their approach to pursuing business in Europe, which Ericsson will need to watch out for.

Business analysis firm IHS Markit claims Huawei took over Ericsson as the world’s largest supplier of mobile infrastructure in the third quarter of 2016 for the first time. In addition, CK Hutchison Holdings Ltd and VimpelCom Ltd have selected ZTE, not Ericsson, to merge and manage their Italian mobile networks. The deal represents evidence of Chinese suppliers scaling up Chinese operations, and also represents a big blow to Ericsson, which has business with both carriers.

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Over 1,000 jobs are at risk at Ericsson in Italy following the failure by the Swedish telecommunications company to secure a lucrative contract worth €1 billion to upgrade the network of Italy’s recently created joint-venture between Wind and 3 Italia.

3 Italia and Wind signed off on a deal to merge their local units in Italy in November, after a rigorous European Commission approval process, in a collaboration that creates the country’s largest operator. The companies aim to launch joint services in January.

However, it’s now likely that Ericsson will have to fire at least a quarter of its staff in Italy, following its failure to secure the contract for the network upgrade. It has been reported that the respective owners of 3 Italia and Wind, CK Hutchinson and Vimpel-Com have chosen China’s ZTE to carry out the network upgrade.

This has not yet been officially confirmed in Italy, but sources say ZTE have won the order – while it is believed Huawei and Nokia were also in contention for the order.

This is just the latest in a number of setbacks suffered by the struggling vendor. In October Ericsson announced that it would be slashing 3,000 jobs due to a combination of poor financial results and their failure to secure tenders for a number of vacant contracts that were up for grabs in the sector.

Ericsson has also had to fight off and refute allegations of bribery which came to light when former executives told the SEC that they had carried out a number of briberies across a whole host of different countries. One executive extraordinarily claimed Ericsson bribed the President of Costa Rica in order to secure a contract in the country.

All these setbacks, poor results and scandals have ultimately led to the inevitable departure of long-time CEO Hans Vestberg. He will officially leave his post at the beginning of next month where he will be replaced by Borje Ekholm. However, the incoming CEO now has to deal with this monumental setback in Italy – to go with all the other issues and problems urgently needing to be addressed at Ericsson.

Ekholm will be tasked with finding a way to revive the company’s fortunes amid an industry slump as operators curb investments in infrastructure.

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China Telecom, ZTE and Inspur — one of China’s largest IT software and hardware companies — have become the latest gold members of the OpenStack Foundation, the organization that supports and promotes OpenStack, the most widely deployed open source software for building clouds.

Announcing the move, the OpenStack Foundation said the new members would support strategic opportunities for OpenStack in public cloud, telecom networks and the rapidly growing Chinese market. “All three new gold members demonstrate the massive scale and opportunity for OpenStack in China, collectively managing millions of servers and contributing code and knowledge to the OpenStack community.”

The executive director of the OpenStack Foundation, Jonathan Bryce, said: “OpenStack is truly a global community, with nearly 650 companies supporting the project in 187 countries. The investment and commitment of these new Gold Members underscores the global growth and evolution of OpenStack, with projects of massive scale serving millions of end users in China and other markets worldwide.”

The three were voted gold members by the OpenStack board at its November 17 board meeting and follow 99cloud, China Mobile, City Network and Deutsche Telekom becoming gold members at the October board meeting.

The foundation said its board “evaluates new potential members based on their strategic commitment to OpenStack, contributions to the community, and diversity of company size, location and industry.”

China Telecom is one of the largest mobile carriers in the world with more than 500 million subscribers and 300 data centers. It is migrating its CloudStack deployment to OpenStack.

Inspur has more than $US9.8 billion in annual revenue and manages hundreds of thousands of servers. ZTE is a global player in telecommunications and information technology and was a top 15 contributor to the latest OpenStack Newton software release.

Foundation membership is limited to eight platinum members and 24 gold members. In addition to the seven new gold members elected at the November and October board meeting, gold members for 2017 are Aptira, CCAT, Cisco, Dell EMC, DreamHost, EasyStack, Ericsson, Fujitsu, Hitachi, Huawei, inwinSTACK, Juniper Networks, Mirantis, NEC, NetApp, Symantec and UnitedStack.

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ZTE bets its future on VOICE

Written on Wednesday, 31 August 2016 05:58

ZTE has published a white paper setting out the strategy and vision that it says will guide the company for the next five years. It is based on five trends to which ZTE has given the acronym VOICE: Virtuality, Openness, Intelligence, Cloudification and internet of Everything.

Virtuality is the integration of the physical world and the virtual world with enhanced experience through big video, VR and AR.  Openness is the transition from the traditional competition-based business model to close collaboration on an open basis. Intelligence is the intellectualization of all things, enhanced interaction and growing intelligence on multiple levels.  Cloudification means that cloud platforms are the basis for enabling the digital economy.

ZTE says that, based on the analysis of the five trends of VOICE, “the next five years will be critical in the ongoing global economic transformation towards an open, sharing, and digital economy … [impacting] all areas of our lives.”

ZTE calls the strategy its M-ICT 2.0 strategy and says it is “designed to help businesses seize opportunities in an economy defined by the emergence of the sharing economy and the vast use of peer-to-peer networks, and dependent on the pervasive range of cloud computing platforms and services.”

It says the five trends encapsulated in the acronym VOICE “will drive innovative collaboration and concurrent advances across various fields.”

The white paper gives particular emphasis to the sharing economy. “With the boundaries of corporations and even whole industries becoming more blurred, open collaboration and sharing will become mainstream and propel a major shift in business models,” ZTE says.

“The emergence of the sharing economy and massive use of peer-to-peer networks has shown the way forward for businesses of all sizes. This sharing economy is dependent on the ability to innovate and execute at speed, which is built on a model of openness and collaboration.

“The surge in successful businesses that utilize the sharing economy model has proved that almost everything, including devices, resources, capabilities, and software, can be shared across people, companies and industries.”

In a traditional economy, ZTE says, “resources and capabilities are separated and are closed within individual enterprises and persons, and thus efficiency is very low.” But in a sharing economy, “the borders among resources and enterprises are blurred and thus idle resources can be effectively redeployed and integrated to achieve higher collaboration efficiency.”

ZTE’s white paper, M-ICT 2.0: VOICE for a Digital Future, is available here.

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ZTE and China Unicom to cooperate on 5G and IoT research

Written on Thursday, 18 August 2016 06:19

ZTE has signed an agreement with China Unicom for cooperation on 5G and Internet of Things. They two say they will work closely together “to foster a sound ecosystem and promote sustainable development” in the fields of 5G and IoT.

They will jointly develop cooperative projects and conduct research on application scenarios, product demands, service applications, market development and other related fields. They will also look at possible future directions of 5G and IoT, and say they aim to achieve research results that meet the network development and evolution requirements for new business models, laying a solid foundation for long-term technical cooperation and a mutually beneficial results for both parties.

Both China Unicom and ZTE are researching 5G network architecture, mobile-edge computing (MEC), cross-layer optimization, bearer and other key 5G technologies to promote 5G development strategies and standardization.

In IoT, both parties say they conduct research and experimental verification of key IoT technologies and implement research and development of service solutions and products to promote technological development and industrial cooperation.

Mr Shao Guanglu, deputy general manager of China Unicom, said China Unicom would call upon other operators endowed with common resources for strategic cooperation with ZTE, jointly promoting future network development, technological research and business models.

Mr Xu Huijun, ZTE's CTO, said ZTE’ aim was to become a global pioneer in IoT and 5G with China Unicom as a long-term strategic partner.

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