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ZTE and Omdia to hold 5G messaging webinar

16 December 2020, 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 ZTE and Omdia will hold a webiner “5G Messaging Poised to Deliver Ecosystem Innovation” at 09:00 am(GMT) on December 17,2020. The webinar agenda involves the introduction to 5G messaging, the business case for 5G messaging, the 5G messaging platform and China Mobile’s case study of 5G Messaging. Featuring massive connections, the 5G messaging service connects various terminals, such as consumers, enterprises/industries and the Internet of Things, to meet the consumer-oriented messaging communication requirements of individual consumers.  Meanwhile, it provides business-oriented messaging services or applications for enterprises, industries, and governments, and provides the IoT terminals of massive connections with the capabilities of messaging communication, display and control capabilities, thereby creating a new "5G messaging" ecosystem and business model. "5G has the potential to usher in a new age of telco communications," said Pamela Clark-Dickson, Principal Analyst of Service Provider and Communications at Omdia. "5G Messaging offers telcos the opportunity to update SMS to Rich Communications Services (RCS). RCS is positioned as a more compelling communications channel than SMS for consumers and brands, enabling richer interactions, including chatbots and payments. SMS will continue to play a key role in enabling connectivity between devices. Realizing the full potential of 5G Messaging will require a strong ecosystem with committed partners across the value chain."  “As a globally leading equipment vendor of the 5G Messaging platform, ZTE has rich technical experience and network construction experience,” said Wang Quan, Vice President of ZTE. “It has the experience of stable commercial operation of the message platform with the largest user scale, the single site exceeding 100 million users, and the massive adapted terminals. The world's first 5G message is sent by ZTE’s 5G Messaging Platform. ZTE will always be committed to promoting the development of the 5G Messaging industry chain together with operators,jointly promoting the prosperity of 5G Messaging.”   To learn more about the webinar, click the following link to register and watch: https://www.lightreading.com/webinar.asp?webinar_id=1771  
ZTE and Omdia to hold 5G messaging webinar

Transforming the network core with the cloud

Total Telecom was delighted to interview ZTE’s Vice President of Cloud & Core Network Product, Zhu Jianjun to discuss the ways in which telcos can engage with vertical industry and how ZTE’s core network solutions differ from others on the market. What role does ZTE play in vertical industries' digital transformation? As a world leading telecommunication equipment provider, ZTE is an active player in the standardisation, business innovation, and the deployment of mobile networks. By providing innovative technologies and solutions for telcos and enterprises around the world, ZTE enables global users to enjoy voice, data and multimedia communications services.  Specially, in recent years ZTE has been focussed on 5G engagement with vertical industries, such as the field of smart power with China Southern Power Grid, smart manufacturing with Nanjing Industrial Park, smart port with Tianjin Port, and smart rail with Guangzhou Metro, as well as smart mines, mobile games and private 5G networks for E-sports. Many operators are rolling out 5G using dynamic spectrum slicing technology. What advantages does this technology have for operators?  With the more and more extensive 5G services becoming available, spectrum slicing technology is becoming the most important solution for operators. ZTE was one of the earliest providers to support DevOps and our end-to-end slicing solution means that one physical network can actually support various vertical businesses.  Our 5G core solution is based on componentisation, making it perfect for delivering micro-services through network slicing to meet the diversified services requirements of operators. For example, in our Europe Campus network, ZTE’s 5G core provides eight slicing solutions based on micro-service architecture to meet the many different kinds of vertical industry requirements around bandwidth, latency, and security. Tell us more about ZTE's standalone 5G core solutions and what makes your core network products distinct from alternatives on the market. ZTE’s family of fully cloudified core solutions covers the entire cloud ecosystem including four key areas that we have identified: Cloud Application, Cloud Infrastructure, Cloud Operation, and Cloud Integration. ZTE cloud infrastructure solutions provide a full convergence of resources for constructing the ideal cloud foundation for your network. We provide expertise for global planning and efficient resource scheduling with our dual-engine driven cloud core technology. This technology includes flexible deployment and facilitates hardware acceleration, as well as delivering enhanced computing power. ZTE’s cloud-native Common Core solution is ideal for many applications, with a number of key features making if both flexible and reliable: Full Convergence: Common Core supports 2G/3G/4G/5G and fixed access for a smooth network evolution transition.  Stateless Design: Dynamic data is centralised in cloud storage without bundling with service processing, helping to improve reliability  Componentisation: Public modules are separated from service logic and become common components, thereby improving resource efficiency  Microservices:  Network capabilities are atomised to facilitate network slicing and meet the diverse service requirements of operators. Meanwhile, ZTE’s CloudStudio provides operator’s with an agile, automated, and intelligent cloud Management system. Here, we wanted to focus on the concept of ‘zero’, leaving operators nothing standing in their way towards achieving their cloud goals. Zero Gap between ideas and realisation: We prioritised an agile design and continuous optimisation to ensure consistency between user requirements and service design.  Zero Waiting from ordering to enjoying: Automated service deployment that will guarantee users’ enjoyment without waiting.  Zero Touch instead of human intervention: Intelligent service assurance to achieve self-healing, self-optimisation, and the autonomy of both the business and the network. Finally, our Cloud Integration Service allows for efficient end-to-end and one-stop service delivery. Flexible Pre-Integration: The service allows for early detection of multi-vendor product compatibility issues and model optimisation according to end-to-end reliability evaluation reports, reducing commercial risks. An Open Ecosystem: The service support a broad partner ecosystem based on four global OpenLabs.  A Rich Integration Experience: ZTE’s service brings more than thirty years of telecoms industry experience, with our dedicated integration experts having a lot of commercials and point-of-contact projects under their belts.

ZTE's Tulip Elastic Cloud System rated as an NFVI Leader by GlobalData

ZTE Corporation, a major international provider of telecommunications, enterprise and consumer technology solutions for the Mobile Internet, today announced that its Tulip Elastic Cloud System (TECS) has been rated as a Leader by GlobalData in its latest report “Network Function Virtualization Infrastructure (NFVI): Competitive Landscape Assessment”.   ZTE’s TECS is rated as Leader in four dimensions of architecture, carrier grade, market momentum, and performance. ZTE has been committed to building intelligent cloud platforms with extreme performance, simplified operation and maintenance (O&M) and ultimate security. The O&M system implements intelligent and efficient lifecycle management including planning, design, and deployment.  According to GlobalData, ZTE's TECS is advanced on three features: The dual-engine cloud platform can provide virtual machine (VM), container and bare metal deployment with unified management.  It provides unified platform for service-level agreements (SLAs) with IT&CT and virtual network function (VNF) evolution to cloud-native network function (CNF). It also provides full-scenario solutions for MEC applications covering edge cloud and access data center (DC).  As GlobalData indicated in its report, NFVI solutions now require support for both VM and container workloads, and should be deployed based on open source software. The report further emphasizes that automation, analytics and pre-integrated solutions play a significant role in an operator's ability to efficiently deliver new 5G services.

Empowering Telcos with a Ubiquitous Edge Platform – Part 2

A Recap – the Ubiquitous Edge Platform This is the second of two blog posts that explore the concept of a ubiquitous multi-access edge computing (MEC) platform that universally addresses edge computing needs, from customer premises to regional telco data centers. If you haven’t yet read the first blog, check it out; it will provide context for the discussion below. We described the need for this type of MEC platform and the necessary components in the previous post. This article will explore the benefits of this platform and how it might be leveraged as part of a unique MEC strategy. Benefits of a Unified Edge Platform As you may recall, we described a uniform MEC platform available across all major elements in a carrier network. This platform may be embedded into an existing product, like a BBU, on a uCPE, part of the RAN equipment in a street-level cabinet, or running on a white box server as part of an NFV-powered telco cloud. This uniform platform would expose the same set of common APIs to application developers and be tied into a single orchestration system with monitoring and telemetry. Key benefits of such a platform include: Flexibility and agility: with a common platform with presence in all carrier locations, telcos can offer application developers many choices as to where their workloads run, from near the cell sites to mobile aggregation locations, wireline central offices, and telco edge clouds. With a common API and platform experience, application developers can distribute components into the best location to maximize end-user experience while managing costs. Faster time-to-market: some carrier MEC strategies involve different platform partners in different locations, such as hyperscale cloud providers at the network edge, system integrators (SI) or software platform vendors at the enterprise edge, or network equipment providers for their telco cloud. Developers who want to leverage the telco MEC platform end up having to rebuild their applications across different development environments, often having to learn different build environments and tools. A silo-free environment allows for a higher velocity of application development and a reduced time-to-market. Reduced stranding of resources: the elimination of silos across multiple MEC platforms provides mobility for both data and applications. If a particular location gets overloaded, those upstream can take on additional load, albeit with increased latency. This allows for more efficient use of available resources. Easier integration into OSS/BSS: with a uniform MEC approach, integration with existing OSS and BSS systems will go more smoothly. Again, this will lead to a faster-time-to-market and more seamless customer and partner experience. Comprehensive monitoring and faster troubleshooting: with a uniform approach, monitoring and telemetry tie-ins into carriers’ existing systems will require less effort. A consistent stack across all locations is easier to troubleshoot, reducing the load on support and carrier technology. Strategic Value with System Integrators (SIs) and Hyperscalers Today, many carriers have concerns about partnership with hyperscalers and SIs. On their telco edge clouds, they worry that by letting hyperscalers in as partners, they’ll eventually be relegated to only providing connectivity, significantly reducing their ability to monetize. Similar concerns swirl around partnering with SIs on enterprise edge deployments. Extracting value from MEC platforms continues to be one of the major concerns at most carriers today — both wireless and wireline. By deploying a uniform MEC approach, carriers would maintain their existing relationships with the NEPs that supplied their technology platform, leaving that part of the value chain undisturbed. However, they would gain an edge computing platform that integrates well into their carrier infrastructure. The carrier would have a unified management console, to the extent that management and orchestration systems for the MEC platform (including self-service portals, etc.) are well designed and executed. It may even be possible to host parts of hyperscale management or orchestration systems on the MEC platform or expose appropriate APIs, allowing these platforms to act as extensions of a hyperscale cloud. A similar managed services platform approach could be taken with the SIs for carrier-offered on-premises edge computing. In both scenarios, the carrier would maintain more control than in other configurations. Real-World Examples Instead of discussing the hypothetical, we will examine MEC customers China Telecom and China Mobile. Both are customers of ZTE (sponsor of this blog post) and have deployed the ZTE Common Edge MEC platform. China Telecom used ZTE’s Common Edge to build a deployment model for smart manufacturing. The MEC platform was deployed at the CPE, as well as near the RAN, and in the regional cloud. By leveraging different locations, China Telecom demonstrated a 70-80% reduction in video processing delay for industrial robot control. China Mobile leveraged the ZTE Common Edge solution to create an MEC platform for Tencent’s cloud games. As a result, Tencent reduced game-rendering latency from 120ms to 20ms, saving backhaul bandwidth costs. Further, by providing edge rendering services, Tencent could accommodate handsets with lower processing capabilities, expanding its market reach. Getting Started with a Uniform MEC Platform Carriers have many choices regarding their MEC solution and many potential partners and technology suppliers. In this series, we’ve described a uniform MEC approach and provided real-world examples of how this could play out. The benefits of this approach can be substantial, and we at AvidThink believe it merits consideration as part of any carrier’s MEC strategy.

Empowering Telecom Providers through a Ubiquitous Edge Platform

MEC is critical for both wireless and wireline carriers With 5G rolling out across the globe, there's been substantial attention showered on edge computing as a crucial enabler for specific capabilities such as ultra-reliable low-latency communication (URLLC) support. Edge and 5G have become synonymous even though carrier networks had already employed edge computing before 5G rollouts. Under 5G, though, the edge, or "multi-access edge computing" (MEC), is much more expansive and will become a critical capability for both fixed and mobile carriers. There is a continuum for the edge, from public cloud edges provided by hyperscale cloud providers, including Amazon, Microsoft, Google, Baidu, Alibaba, and Tencent, to on-premises edge stacks at enterprises (or even in consumer homes). Analyst estimates of how much compute will be performed at the edge in the next 5 years varies widely, from 50% to 75%. Regardless, carriers need to develop their MEC strategies to service the upcoming edge computing market. In this series of two blog posts, we'll explore an approach that involves building a pervasive MEC platform that addresses edge computing needs from customer premises to regional telco data centers. We'll start by describing why such a platform is needed and what components are needed for this platform. In our next post, we'll examine the benefits of such a platform and how carriers can leverage it as part of a unique MEC strategy. The ubiquitous MEC platform Regardless of whether carriers choose to pursue their MEC strategy on their own or involve partners, most carrier MEC platforms will include a hardware component, a software infrastructure component, and a management and orchestration solution. Carriers may pick their partners from a rich edge ecosystem: virtualization and container platform providers, network equipment providers, system integrators or hyper-scale cloud providers. Further, different use cases will demand that MEC capabilities be present at different locations, providing different latency options and facing different physical and environmental challenges. Just as the edge is a continuum from on-premises to the regional data centers, the carrier MEC platform should also span the spectrum and be equally comprehensive. In mobile networks, MEC platforms will show up first at aggregation points like mobile switching centers (MSCs). Subsequently, MEC options may include cell-site towers and street-level cabinets aggregating mmWave small cells. Especially as virtualized RAN gains momentum, MEC platforms that can run the disaggregated RU (RAN unit), DU (distributed unit), and CU (centralized unit) will spread towards the radio edge. For wireline networks, MEC platforms are showing up in next-generation central offices (COs) or at cable headends at multi-service operators (MSOs). These locations provide an opportunity for carriers to run edge workloads with proximity to both enterprise and consumer customers. In addition to carrier-managed premises, enterprises may seek edge solutions from their service providers as well. In these situations, enterprises will demand an option for an on-premises edge. This edge will take the form of either MEC capabilities on CPE (or uCPE) or additional MEC servers installed at customer premises. The role of network equipment providers (NEPs) in enabling ubiquitous MEC Given the requirement for a pervasive MEC environment across multiple locations, there is an opportunity for NEPs who have a rich portfolio of solutions to step up and offer a ubiquitous embedded platform across their range of offerings. Platforms can range from wireline systems like BBU or BRAS (or even the OLTs) and end-customer platforms like uCPEs. For wireless deployments, telcos will want MEC offerings that they can use in MSCs, as well as hardened systems deployable at cell sites and in street-level cabinets. To be comprehensive, such a system would also need to support white-box servers that telcos can deploy in any data center or mini data center location, including at customer premises. Compared to a piecemeal MEC approach that carriers are trying to put together today, ranging from partnering with SIs to picking a subset of solutions from NEPs to working with hyperscalers in select locations, a more uniform, consistent platform approach might be an appealing alternative. For a NEP to execute this strategy, a uniform infrastructure layer (historically labeled the NFVI and VIM under ETSI NFV) would need to be provided across all these instantiations and include orchestration and management to provision, deploy and manage the lifecycle of applications across multiple locations. Since edge workloads are likely to be varied, the platform will need to support NFV-style VNFs to more modern CNFs. This means there will be support for bare metal platforms to VMs to containers and potentially serverless in the future. Importance of a software-centric cloud-like approach The other challenge for NEPs looking to build such a unified platform is ensuring strong software and integration capabilities. Hyperscale cloud providers have built developer-friendly ecosystems, and software stacks focused on self-service. Hyperscalers empower the end-user to build, automate, and scale application deployment, often through integration with platform APIs. Carriers that want to compete or even partner with hyperscalers will need platforms that provide similar API-centricity and self-service capabilities. Beyond APIs and self-service edge platform functionality, another key element to success is a cloud-based management platform, complete with cross-domain orchestration and built-in monitoring and telemetry features. For some NEPs this will be a new challenge, given that they've historically focused on developing appliance-based solutions in siloed divisions: access routing versus transport solutions BUs, mobile division versus optical division versus wireline division. However, a NEP that can envision, design and develop a uniform platform approach for MEC workloads can meet today's pressing carrier needs. Ultimately, this platform can fulfill end-user applications requirements by providing MEC across multiple locations to execute different workloads with different latency needs. In our next blog, we'll discuss the benefits of such a platform and the use cases that this platform can uniquely meet. We'll explore two MEC customer examples at China Telecom and China Mobile where ZTE, a leading NEP (and sponsor of this blog), was able to demonstrate the value of their ubiquitous ZTE Common Edge MEC platform. We'll contemplate how a carrier-centric platform could enable negotiations and partnerships with SIs and hyperscalers from a position of strength. Stay tuned for the second part of the blog!

ZTE wins two awards at Layer123 World Congress 2020

ZTE Corporation (0763.HK / 000063.SZ), a major international provider of telecommunications, enterprise and consumer technology solutions for the Mobile Internet, today has been rewarded two awards, specifically, Emerging Edge Product for its Common Edge Full-Scenario MEC product, and New Service Innovation for a remote driving service at Layer123 World Congress 2020.  ZTE's Common Edge full-scenario MEC (Multi-service Edge Computing) product helps telcos achieve one-stop deployment, self-service provisioning and simplified O&M, thereby empowering ubiquitous edge computing. For access equipment rooms, the product employs the industry's first IT-based BBU and OLT, and provides the MEC with computing, storage and network resources through embedded boards, meeting users' end-to-end ultra-low latency requirements. Moreover, the product stands out with single-shelf networking and zero footprint. For edge equipment rooms and enterprise campuses, the product provides all-in-one MEC server and all-in-one MEC cabinet. Software and hardware are pre-integrated in the factory for out-of-the-box delivery and zero maintenance at the edge. The product boasts flexible location selection, rapid deployment, and simplified O&M. For core equipment rooms in cities, the MEC is deployed in the form of IT cloudification. The dual-core engine of OpenStack and Kubernetes is deeply integrated to provide MEC services with diversified resources. Moreover, ZTE has introduced the Cloud Native technology to the MEC and third-party applications. Therefore, existing Internet applications can be seamlessly migrated to the MEC to provide ultra-low-latency public cloud services. In addition, ZTE has partnered with China Unicom and Zhongtong Bus to develop an award-winning remote driving service. It is the industry's first Fixed-Mobile Convergence (FMC) service to enable end-to-end millisecond-level 5G remote driving. ZTE and the Shandong branch of China Unicom have innovatively employed 5G and Passive Optical Network (PON) technologies to build an FMC-based network of high bandwidth and low latency. Moreover, they have deployed MEC functionality on the Optical Line Terminal (OLT) in the Access Office (AO) to achieve local forwarding of service data streams and minimize the latency on service paths. The real-time video backhaul delay of the vehicle and the communication delay between the vehicle control electrical system and the control center are reduced from 30ms to several milliseconds, meeting the requirements of intelligent transportation systems for sub-10ms transmission delay. Furthermore, ZTE's innovative solution that builds MEC applications into the OLT, can realize MEC functions while saving AO resources, avoiding complicated AO reconstruction, and facilitating network deployment. ZTE is a provider of advanced telecommunications systems, mobile devices and enterprise technology solutions to consumers, operators, companies and public sector customers. The company has been committed to providing customers with integrated end-to-end innovations to deliver excellence and value as the telecommunications and information technology sectors converge. Listed in the stock exchanges of Hong Kong and Shenzhen (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A share stock code: 000063.SZ), ZTE sells its products and services in more than 160 countries.
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