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China Telecom and ZTE deploy a dedicated 5GC on the public cloud

China Telecom and ZTE say they have jointly deployed what they claim is the industry’s first dedicated 5G core (5GC) on a public cloud. The deployment uses ZTE’s telco cloud-native “industry 5GC” (i5GC) solution. All function tests have been passed, and the results indicate that the i5GC and public cloud resources are compatible, ZTE says. Moreover, ZTE adds, this deployment of a lightweight dedicated 5G core on the public cloud verifies the maturity of dedicated 5GC technologies, and constitutes a significant step for private 5G network development worldwide as it will accelerate the use of public cloud in private 5G deployments. In the function test process, full container deployment of a dedicated 5GC, based on the EKS container platform, was implemented on the public cloud. The test verified multiple functions such as mobility management, session management, handover flow, security management, slicing flow and virtualization. It also effectively solved various adaptation problems from telco cloud to public cloud.   Based on this deployment, ZTE said, operators can easily, quickly and flexibly integrate industry applications into their networks, and provide industry customers with integrated 5G cloud-network services. ZTE said it worked jointly with China Telecom to analyze the development trend of lightweight dedicated 5GCs, discussed the value and advantages of private 5G network services on public cloud, and explored new cloud deployment models for industrial digital transformation. “In cooperation with China Telecom, we have been exploring new forms for private 5G network deployments, providing more choices for product integration, delivery, operation and maintenance,” said Wang Quan, vice president of ZTE.
China Telecom and ZTE deploy a dedicated 5GC on the public cloud

ZTE wins GTI Awards with its iCube Private 5G as a Service solution

3 March 2022, Shenzhen, China - ZTE Corporation (0763.HK / 000063.SZ), a major international provider of telecommunications, enterprise and consumer technology solutions for the mobile internet, today announced that it has won the “Innovative Mobile Service and Application Award” and “Outstanding Award” from GTI for  its iCube solution, a Tailor-Made Private 5G as a Service Solution at Mobile World Congress 2022 in Barcelona. The accolade verifies ZTE's outstanding contributions to mobile service innovation, business model innovation and sustainable development.Driven by Industry 4.0, more and more enterprises in the world choose private 5G network to implement intelligent production and management. It is an urgent problem for the development of the ToB market to solve on how to flexibly provide enterprises with on-demand customized private networks and how to realize rapid experience replication. ZTE launches its iCube solution to help operators simply and efficiently provide industry customers with customized private 5G network as a service, thereby accelerating the digital and intelligent transformation of the industry.  In different application scenarios, ZTE’s iCube solution provides the most comprehensive private network product forms, including public network-based slicing private network, industry-leading lightweight 5G core network, and board-level embedded private network. Network functions are modular and can be flexibly selected on demand for the construction of the most cost-effective private network.  With respect to business model, ZTE’s iCube solution provides a one-stop process from order to service, covering the entire lifecycle including customer consultation, service template-based network planning and design, pre-integration, automatic deployment, and intelligent O&M. This effectively simplifies the complexity of private network customization, shortens the service launch time and realizes private 5G as a service. GTI is dedicated to building a global platform of communication technology and promoting a prosperous ecosystem. GTI Summit 2022, with the theme of “5G & Decarbonization” has focused on the current situation and strategy of 5G development, as well as how technology innovation will play a role in reaching the goal of carbon neutral and Net Zero.  The GTI Awards is highly recognized in the fields of 5G technology innovation, end-to-end product capability and network architecture verification. ZTE’s Private 5G as a Service solution lands the two awards, epitomising that the innovative value of its iCube Private 5G as a Service solution is recognized by the industry. Moving forward, with the in-depth digital transformation of the industry, ZTE will continue to work with global operators and industry partners, to improve private network customization efficiency, achieve rapid replication of experience in digital transformation, and promote industry innovations.

ZTE, China Mobile and NR Electric win GTI 2022 Market Development Award

3 March 2022, Shenzhen, China - ZTE Corporation (0763.HK / 000063.SZ), a major international provider of telecommunications, enterprise and consumer technology solutions for the mobile internet, today announced that it has won the GTI 2022 "Market Development Award" for its 5G TSN Deterministic Network for Green Power Grid, which was designed and developed together with China Mobile and NR Electric.  In the power grid field, greenhouse gas emissions are huge, and efficient use of clean new energy such as wind and solar energy is an effective means to achieve "Emission peak and carbon neutrality". However, wind power and solar energy are easily affected by the weather and regions, bringing challenges to new energy integration into the grid. Consequently, accurate measurement, control, and real-time interaction are required when conventional mobile network mechanism cannot meet the strict network requirements of the power industry. To solve this problem, ZTE has released the Time Promised Communication (TPC) solution, which integrates 5G TSN/5G LAN/URLLC/SLA accurate control related to time-sensitive networks as defined by 3GPP Release 16. The TPC solution combines software and hardware to effectively solve the network latency and jitter caused by traffic conflicts. It is combined with the slicing technology to reduce 5G end-to-end latency, guarantees the determinacy of the communication network, and satisfies the super-high reliability requirements of the power grid. Instead of optical cables, the TPC solution enables flexible access to the last mile, greatly reducing communication network construction costs. The solution can be widely used in power grid scenarios, such as power differential protection, power distribution automation, phasor measurement technology (PMU), and accurate grid load scheduling. It accelerates the deployment of new energy such as solar energy and wind energy, achieves efficient coordination of power storage, and helps the power industry achieve strategic objectives of "emission peak and carbon neutrality."  GTI is dedicated to building a global platform of communication technology and promoting a prosperous ecosystem. GTI summit 2022, with the theme of “5G & Decarbonization” has focused on the current situation and strategy of 5G development, as well as how technology innovation will play a role in reaching the goal of carbon neutral and Net Zero. This award is highly recognized in the fields of 5G technology innovation, end-to-end product capability and network architecture verification. This award further verifies the high application values and the broad prospects of 5G TSN technology. ZTE and China Mobile will promote TPC solution maturity together with R17 technology evolution.The TPC solution can be widely used in the industrial Internet field, including applications in key industries such as power, industry, logistics and healthcare, to significantly improve industrial productivity, operational efficiency and accelerate 5G business innovations.  ZTE has carried out deep cooperation with industry partners to achieve in-depth integration of IT and OT, help enterprises achieve flexible production, improve resources usage efficiency, and build a green and low-carbon industrial ecosystem.

ZTE, China Mobile Research Institute jointly release 5G TSN white paper

ZTE Corporation (0763.HK / 000063.SZ), a major international provider of telecommunications, enterprise and consumer technology solutions for the mobile internet and China Mobile Research Institute  have released the white paper "Industrial Internet Oriented 5G TSN Practice and Prospect" during Mobile World Congress 2022. This white paper analyzes and elaborates the application prospect and requirements of 5G TSN (Time Sensitive Network) in Industrial Internet scenarios, and related innovations and practices carried out together with industry customers.  According to the white paper, with the commercial deployments of 5G networks, Industrial Internet, as an important field of 5G ToB applications, has entered into the rapid growth phase under the impetus of the industrial digital transformation and Industry 4.0. The production cycle, which is regarded as the core field of Industrial Internet, raises higher requirements for the real-time and determinacy of network connections, including ultra-low latency, ultra-low jitter, and highly reliable transmission links. The integration of 5G and TSN can provide deterministic services of millisecond transmission delay and microsecond jitter, meeting the real-time requirements of major existing production industries such as manufacturing, and helping 5G network make deep development of integrating with the Industrial Internet. The white paper also comprehensively introduces end-to-end successful practices of ZTE, China Mobile Research Institute and their industry partners in 5G TSN product technology exploration and innovation under Industrial Internet scenarios. For instance, 5G TSN deterministic network supports power grid management services such as power grid differential protection, accelerates the deployment of clean renewable energy such as solar energy and wind energy, and assists the power industry in achieving the strategic objectives of "peak carbon dioxide emissions" and "carbon neutrality". The 5G TSN network also provides low-latency, low-jitter and high-reliability deterministic connections for the real-time control of intelligent PLC to implement accurate gating control management based on time, thus ensuring bounded delay transmission of motion control messages. It verifies the feasibility of real-time motion control through the 5G TSN network, and provides a solid foundation for 5G to empower Industrial Internet.  Moving forward, ZTE and China Mobile Research Institute will work together with the industry customers and terminal manufacturers to make unremitting exploration and verification of 5G TSN end-to-end solutions. Also, both parties will provide strong support for the further development of 5G+ Industrial Internet, fully empowering Industrial Internet, actively promoting digital transformation of the industry and creating the new blue ocean.   download link:Industrial Internet Oriented 5G TSN Practice and Prospect

ZTE and Qualcomm Jointly Demonstrate End-to-End 5G TSN for Smart Grid Applications

ZTE Corporation together with Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., has demonstrated an end-to-end 5G time sensitive networking (TSN) solution for smarter, safer power grids. This 5G achievement supports the expansion of grid services such as differential protection, and the accelerated deployment of new energy sources such as solar energy and wind energy to empower the green grids. Clean energy resources such as wind energy and solar energy are effective solutions for offsetting greenhouse gas emissions from thermal power generation within the power industry. However, wind energy and solar energy are greatly affected by weather conditions, and regional instabilities can pose significant challenges to fully integrating these renewable energy sources into power grids. To incorporate renewable energy into power grids more efficiently with 5G remote precise grid control, ZTE integrated its Time Promised Communication (TPC) solution with Qualcomm Technologies’ 3GPP Rel-16 TSN capable 5G R&D prototype device. The 5G TSN integration is key to meeting the wide coverage, latency, and density requirements of large-scale smart grid applications while also ensuring the security and stability of the power grid. This collaboration for an end-to-end 5G TSN solution for smart grids further accelerates the expansion of 5G across mission-critical applications. The wireless TPC solution brings efficient scalability for large, distributed renewable energy projects. The solution can replace optic fiber in harsh environments with deterministic wireless last-kilometer connectivity to safely automate power grid management with line differential protection. In addition, it can bring additional capabilities to large power grids such as precise load control, achieving the efficient coordination of various types of energy resources including wind, solar, water, thermal, and storage, under the condition of weather sensitivities and seasonal fluctuations. “ZTE is committed to providing customers with high-quality connectivity services. Time Promised Communication can be committed to 5G networks, so that SLA can be guaranteed,” said Zhang Wanchun, Senior Vice President of ZTE Cooperation. “ZTE has carried out wide cooperation with Qualcomm Technologies and industry partners to achieve in-depth integration of IT and OT, to help enterprises achieve flexible production, improve resource usage efficiency, and build a green and low-carbon industrial ecosystem.” “Qualcomm Technologies continues to work closely with vendors such as ZTE to build an open 5G TSN ecosystem to benefit the industry,” said John Smee, Senior Vice President, Engineering, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “With TSN, 5G gains new momentum in high performance connectivity for multiple verticals with the support of a global ecosystem for standardization and technology.” The TPC solution can meet the demanding requirements of mission-critical applications in the industrial Internet of Things including power grid management, robot control, remote surgery, and other applications, as well as improving operational efficiency in industry and enterprise use cases. Moving forward, ZTE will continue to team up with industry partners to help industries and enterprises accelerate service innovation and realize new value in digital transformation.
ZTE and Qualcomm Jointly Demonstrate End-to-End 5G TSN for Smart Grid Applications

ZTE Drives Industrial Innovation With 5G Private Networks

ZTE is making significant investments in 5G technologies. Key to its strategy is a comprehensive set of ToB 5G Private Network services that the company plans to deliver through operators. In a recent interview with Light Reading, Wang Weibin, Chief Scientist of CCN Network Planning at ZTE, discussed the strategy. 1. Please explain ZTE’s 5G Private Network strategy, its benefits to end customers, and how customers gain access to services. A major part of ZTE’s 5G strategy is to deliver innovative "Private Network as a Service" offerings. Our Simple Planning workflow is based on service templates, all-scenario Precise Deployment, and end-to-end ToB O&M. With this approach, ZTE can help operators easily provide industrial customers with tailor-made private network services and explore new market opportunities. We are targeting 5G private network services to industrial customers. Those customers do not need to understand complex networks in order to leverage the services. As long as they provide application scenarios and cost budgets, operators can use templates to design private networks tailored to their needs. ZTE's all-scenario private network enables automatic and accurate deployment, allowing industrial customers to obtain private network services with one-stop Order-to-Service simply and efficiently. 2. What is the strategy behind the service templates and what do they help customers accomplish? ZTE has carried out extensive research in the ToB market, covering Smart Factory, Smart Grid, Smart Coal Mine and Smart Healthcare. We accumulated more than 100 private network service templates to allow easy replication of experiences and practices. We expect experience replication will enable more enterprises and market verticals to leverage new technologies. 3. What are some hardware deployment modes and component functions that can be customized and tailored for a customer’s specific industry? Different enterprises have different scale, functions and security requirements. ZTE provides an all-scenario private network solution, which is customizable. With respect to hardware, we provide devices with a different footprint for different environments, from a central data center to the edge. Devices include x86 servers, all-in-one cloud and network cabinets, single-server i5GC and board-level embedded MEC. With respect to the software, functions can be combined in different service scenarios. Besides deploying ICT components such as i5GC/iIMS/machine vision/cloud AGV, enhanced functions such as TSN/5G LAN are available on demand to meet network deterministic requirements in industrial control scenarios. In deployment mode, the solution supports sliced private networks, hybrid private networks, and standalone private networks. Enterprises with requirements for low latency and isolation, can leverage the sliced private network based on the public 5G network. For enterprises requiring that data remain within their campus, hybrid private networks are available. In addition, the UPF can be deployed in the campus. Scenarios with high security and isolation requirements are best served with on-premises private 5G networks. 4. What are some examples of 5G Private Network services already in use? So far, ZTE’s private network solutions and products have been widely used in the industry. Nearly 100 5G industry scenarios have been explored around the world, involving power grid, ports, mining, manufacturing and education. As an example, In China ZTE helped Dahaize Coal Mine deploy an on-premises i5GC using 700M+2.6G 5G spectrum to support automated operations underground to ensure production safety and personnel safety. Advantages of this approach are small footprint, low power consumption and simple O&M, which reduced construction costs. ZTE also helped SANY Group deploy a dedicated 5G core network, BBU, MEC, and industry applications in an all-in-one cloud-network cabinet. The private network provides deterministic SLAs for automated production. 5. Looking ahead, how will 5G Private Networks change how companies do business? The 5G private network is key to digital transformation in the industrial infrastructure space. Combining 5G technologies with industrial applications can drive industry innovation, improve production capacity and reduce carbon emissions. It requires less staffing and improves the working environment. For instance, machine vision can be used with a 5G private network to perform intelligent quality inspection of products and production equipment, lowering labor costs and improving quality inspection efficiency. 5G networks also can support robots using HD video to provide automatic management of a campus. In yet another example, digital twins of production lines can be constructed by collecting data from equipment in real time for debugging, environment optimization and cost reduction.
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