ZTE Opens New R&D Center in Japan to Boost 5G Research

ZTE now operates 20 R&D centers around the world, across Asia, North America and Europe

4 November 2015, Tokyo -€“ ZTE Corporation (0763.HK / 000063.SZ), a major international provider of telecommunications, enterprise and consumer technology solutions for the Mobile Internet, is pleased to open a new Research and Development Center in Tokyo to focus on the development of 5G and other next-generation network technologies.

The new R&D center will support ZTE's partnerships with operators and academic institutions in Japan on the deployment of ZTE'€™s proprietary Pre5G technology and ongoing research on 4G and 5G mobile communications. The opening ceremony for the new R&D center was officiated by senior executives including Shi Lirong, President and Chief Executive Officer of ZTE, Zhang Renjun, Senior Vice President of ZTE, and Zhang Shumin, Head of ZTE Mobile Devices in Asia Pacific.

"€œZTE'€™s world-class research on 5G technology will be further strengthened by the new R&D center in Japan,"€ Mr. Shi said. "Japan is home to many of ZTE'€™s most important customers, and we will continue to increase our investment in this key market. The new R&D center will enable ZTE to recruit top local talents to join in our research on next-generation technologies."

The new opening means ZTE now operates 20 R&D centers in Asia, North America and Europe.

In July, ZTE announced it signed a memorandum of understanding with SoftBank Corp. to collaborate on research and development on Pre5G mobile communications networks technology. Under the MOU, ZTE and SoftBank agreed to cooperate on R&D, evaluation and verification of mobile communications solutions based on ZTE's Pre5G technology, including Massive MIMO (multiple input multiple output).

5G research is key to ZTE's strategy to become a global leader in the developments of next-generation network technology. In June 2014, ZTE was the first vendor to propose the Pre5G concept, and the company launched the Pre5G base station integrating the BBU and RRU at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in March 2015, enabling carriers to emulate the behavior of future 5G networks on existing 4G LTE network infrastructure.

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