ZTE teams with MTN for MEA 5G commercialisation
ZTE Corporation has reached an agreement on 5G strategic cooperation with Middle East & Africa's MTN Group.
Both sides signed the Memorandum of Understanding related to collaboration on 5G network architectures during Mobile World Congress 2018 in Barcelona.
According to the terms of the agreement, both parties, on the basis of existing cooperation, will jointly conduct a series of technology verification tests and assessments of 5G, to strengthen MTN's leading position and accelerate the commercialisation of 5G in MEA.
As a prominent provider of end-to-end 5G solutions in the industry, ZTE will provide MTN Group comprehensive technical support. Specifically, in a phase one test in 2018, ZTE will collaborate with MTN to complete both lab and field tests in 5G NR, 5G virtualised network slicing, carrier-class DevOps and container-based vEPC, and 5G Flexhaul bearer network.
With these tests in end-to-end networks, applications and terminals, the two parties will complete the joint verification of 5G technology architecture, business model and user experience, expecting to lay a solid foundation for MTN Group to take the lead in 5G deployment in MEA.
"ZTE has always been a long-term strategic partner of MTN Group. After extensive partnerships on 2G, 3G and 4G, we are excited to be collaborating with ZTE on 5G. We believe 5G is an evolutionary step in getting connectivity, data and access to our customers. We are looking forward to continuing our journey in the 5G innovations and through that, we can strengthen existing cooperation and jointly explore the future direction of network construction and technology evolution, and bring services to our customers,” stated Babak Fouladi, CTIO of MTN Group.
“We believe that the cooperation in 5G field this time will help MTN leverage its performance as the best carrier, and enable it to build a world-class network," added Xu Huijun, CTO of ZTE.
ZTE has entered into 5G partnerships with many well-known high-end operators worldwide, including Telefonica, T-Mobile, Italy's Wind Tre, Belgium's Telenet, VEON, Telecom Malaysia, South Korea's KT, China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom.