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ZTE releases a global 5G messaging cooperation plan to encourage operators to join "0 CAPEX Trial"

23 February 2021, Shenzhen, China - ZTE Corporation (0763.HK / 000063.SZ), a major international provider of telecommunications, enterprise and consumer technology solutions for the Mobile Internet, today has released a global 5G messaging cooperation plan at the 5G Messaging Summit Forum hosted by GSMA and ZTE. This plan aims to encourage global industry chain partners to build a global 5G message ecosystem and facilitate the prosperity of global 5G messaging services together.  In the 5G era, the upgrading from traditional short message to 5G message integrated on RBM (RCS Business Messaging) has been widely adopted by global operators. Overseas leading operators in developed countries such as USA, Japan and South Korea have all deployed RCS services on a large scale. However, due to less investments and immature ecology, many small and medium-sized operators are still hesitating over whether to join 5G messaging services or not. At the forum, ZTE has released the 5G messaging public cloud solution, and also strongly launched the "0 CAPEX Trial" action in the cooperation plan, encouraging global operators to join the public cloud-based "0 CAPEX" 5G messaging trial.  ZTE will deploy 5G messaging centers and HUB centers, based on the data centers of public cloud providers from regions such as Asia Pacific (Singapore), Middle East (Dubai) and Europe (Frankfurt), aiming to provide a 5G messaging solution with nearby access, low costs, high reliability and one-stop interconnection.  Meanwhile, ZTE, by virtue of its Openlab service verification and incubation platform, has cooperated with the third-party service providers to introduce mature 5G messaging applications to realize fast overseas replication, shorten the service launch period and meet the service development requirements in different countries.  "5G messaging has ushered in a new bright era. It should be developed globally to build a global 5G messaging ecosystem," said Wang Quan, the vice president of ZTE. "ZTE has been committed to promoting the development of global 5G messaging. We hope that more operators and industry customers can join us to build the future of global RBM development."  “As a basic global communication service, 5G messaging is entrusted with the historical mission of upgrading traditional short message. The potential global users are over 4 billion. Partners in the global industrial chain should work together to create more commercial values, further build 5G messaging as an information infrastructure for global interconnection and intercommunication, and bring the equal benefits of 5G technology and digital services to billions of ordinary users.” continued Mr. Wang Quan.

Building the New 5G Messaging Ecosystem and Empowering the Digital New Economy

23 February 2021, Shenzhen, China - At MWC Shanghai, ZTE and the GSMA hosted the 5G Messaging Forum: Building the New 5G Messaging Ecosystem and Empowering the Digital New Economy. The forum attracted industry leaders from the GSMA, CCSA (China Communications Standards Association), AFCA (Asia Financial Cooperation Association), China UnionPay, Zhejiang Meteorological Service Centre, China Telecom, China Mobile, China Unicom, Japan’s KDDI and other leading operators around the world, as well as leading 5G Messaging vendors such as ZTE, Guodu Interconnection, Shanghai Dahantricom Corporation and Whale Cloud Technology. More than 300 executives and experts from governments, operators and enterprises around the world attended, both online and offline, to share their experience in 5G Messaging and explore their application prospects. In April last year, the three major operators in China jointly released a white paper, aiming to make the 5G Messaging service a universal 5G information and communication service with multi-terminal support, wide coverage, and multi-industry empowerment. In the same year, the GSMA released its specification which indicated that 5G Messaging should be included in the mandatory functions of 5G terminals. At present, the related industry standards have been formulated in China. Wang Xiang, Senior Vice President (SVP) of ZTE, said: “5G Messaging has the potential to have a bright future. To help drive the digital economy, ZTE hopes to provide full support for operators in building 5G Messaging networks and developing services, leveraging its 5G Messaging technologies and commercial experience. ZTE will also work with upstream and downstream partners in the industry chain, including operators, terminal manufacturers, service providers, and enterprise users, to build a 5G Messaging application ecosystem.” Today, through the joint efforts of the three major Chinese operators and industry chain partners, the 5G Messaging industry ecosystem has taken shape. In terms of its commercial application, the three major operators, together with ZTE and other network equipment partners, have actively promoted the construction of 5G Messaging platforms, and the networks have all met the large-scale commercial application conditions. In terms of terminal application, more than 60 terminals from mainstream mobile phone manufacturers have been released to support 5G Messaging to date. In terms of application ecosystem construction, 5G Messaging fully demonstrates the innovative application scenarios that can be integrated with thousands of industries. ZTE supports the three major operators in carrying out industrial research, holding developer competitions and commercial trials, and has incubated over 300 applications in nine major industries such as government and finance. “Learning from cases in Japan, South Korea, and the United States, the three operators will seek to actively explore ecological cooperation and develop together. They will strive to concentrate resources and give full play to the network value specified in Metcalfe’s Law, laying the foundation for better interconnection and unified access for CSPs in future,” said Zhang Yunyong, CPPCC member and Product Centre General Manager at China Unicom. At present, the trend is towards the digital economy. “5G Messaging empowers thousands of industries and will connect the last mile for services to reach users of the digital economy,” said Wang Quan, Vice President of ZTE, in a keynote speech. “ZTE is committed to becoming a driver of the digital economy and building the ‘widest and fastest’ last-mile message channel for customers. The ZTE AnyMessaging 5G Messaging platform solution supports AnyNetwork (any network access), AnyService (any industrial application access), AnyWhere (any cloud environment deployment) and AnyScale (any capacity deployment),” he explained. “ZTE will continue to build a technology-leading and commercial leading 5G Messaging platform for operators. All ZTE 5G mobile phone series launched this year will support 5G Messaging, and the ZTE 5G Messaging platform leads in trials and is now commercial-ready. We will make all efforts to support operators in promoting full coverage of terminals. To accelerate industrial upgrades, we have launched Openlab 2.0, and released the first certification system in the industry, providing CSPs with suggestions on 5G Messaging technology, operation and training. The first four CSPs have obtained the certification. We will also cooperate with China Telecommunication Technology Labs (CTTL) in the field of 5G Messaging certification,” he continued. Furthermore, as the 5G-era upgrade to traditional short message services, 5G Messaging has been widely recognised by global operators. Wang Quan confirmed that “5G Messaging should develop alongside the global scope to build a global 5G Messaging ecosystem.” At the forum, ZTE announced the global 5G Messaging cooperation plan, and launched the ‘0 CAPEX Trial’ initiative, which will provide global operators with 0 CAPEX 5G Messaging trials based on public clouds. ZTE will invite global industry chain partners to build a global 5G Messaging ecosystem and promote the benefits of global 5G Messaging services. In future, as the first 5G application in large-scale commercial use serving public and industry users, 5G Messaging will bring the benefits of 5G technologies and digital services to billions of users around the world. 5G Messaging demonstrates the concept of “Science for Good”, enabling all users to enjoy the convenience of intelligent services, bringing new models to the digital transformation of industries, injecting momentum into the development of the digital economy, and empowering it with safe and universal-benefit features.
ZTE i5GC Enables Private Networks for Digital Transformation of Vertical Industries

ZTE i5GC Enables Private Networks for Digital Transformation of Vertical Industries

24 February 2021, 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 at MWC Shanghai, the release of i5GC (industry 5GC) network solution oriented to private 5G networks for industry. The solution introduces 5G capabilities such as large bandwidth, low latency, high reliability and multiple connections into various industries, and integrates technologies such as AI, IoT, cloud computing, big data and MEC to enable the digitalisation of whole industries and build fully-connected intelligent private 5G networks for vertical industries. At present, public 5GC is oriented to consumer applications, so it cannot meet industry users’ ultra-high requirements for security, latency, reliability, network control rights, energy consumption and usage environment. ZTE i5GC addresses this by deeply integrating and optimising 5GC functions. It uses 2U general servers to achieve the integration of multiple network functions (NF) and a plug-and-play one-stop deployment mode to achieve minimal space, minimal energy consumption and minimal operation and maintenance (O&M).  This solution provides non-professional industry users with rapid and accurate 5G network access deployment and excellent service experience. In addition, ZTE i5GC can be flexibly customised according to a user’s diversified requirements for security, traffic processing and autonomy, and provide different function combinations and deployment forms for different scenarios. For instance, the user plane function (UPF) is deployed to the edge, traffic is forwarded nearby, and user data is locally managed. In addition, ZTE i5GC employs a 3GPP service-based architecture (SBA) to seamlessly interconnect with a 5G public network. It can integrate third-party multi-access edge-computing (MEC) applications through open interfaces to achieve flexible expansion and rapid iteration of edge applications, so as to explore and breed 5G killer applications in the vertical field.  Towards the construction of business-grade 5G networks, ZTE has implemented in-depth 5G applications for use in vertical fields such as mines, medical treatments and ports. For example, for a 5G smart mine project, ZTE uses i5GC to deploy a complete set of 5G networks underground, meeting the mine’s compact space and explosion-proofing requirements, and achieving full coverage from key 5G networks. ZTE i5GC will continue to focus on industry projects, promote the understanding of industry requirements, work with enterprises and operators to build a 5G application ecosystem, help expand the ‘blue ocean market' opportunity for 5G for business, and drive 5G large-scale commercial use and value monetisation.   
ZTE unveils its NEO card at MWC Shanghai

ZTE unveils its NEO card at MWC Shanghai

25 February 2021, Shenzhen, China - ZTE Corporation (0763.HK / 000063.SZ), a major international provider of telecommunications, enterprise and consumer technology solutions for the Mobile Internet, today has unveiled its NEO (Native Enhanced-cloud Orchestration) card at MWC Shanghai. The server cloudification can be easily achieved by merely inserting the card into the server. Cloud computing enables users to easily use computing, storage, and network resources like using  water and electricity. The cloud platform manages and shields the underlying hardware in a unified manner through the Hypervisor virtualization layer, and provides services such as VMs, containers and bare metals for users as needed, thus achieving resources sharing and improving resources utilization.       However, the Hypervisor virtualization layer is deployed on the server, which usually causes a lot of server performance loss. Besides, there are serious security risks in ICT integration, multi-tenancy and other scenarios.  To solve these problems, ZTE has launched the NEO card solution. Based on the system architecture integrating both software and hardware of the NEO card, the computing, network and storage modules are offloaded from the server to the NEO card. Only the lightweight Hypervisor resides on the server, thus reducing the CPU load of the server and achieving zero occupation of server resources and zero performance loss.  At the same time, the virtualization layer of the Hypervisor is physically isolated from the service, completely eliminating the risks of protocol stack vulnerability disclosure. The cloud platform is more secure and can be deployed in any zero-trust environment. In addition, the NEO board is pre-integrated with the Hypervisor virtualization layer, and the users can conveniently deploy the layer within several minutes.  ZTE TCF (TECS Cloud Foundation), the distributed and precise cloud embedded with the NEO card, realizes the coordination of software and hardware. It provides precise deployment of on-site, access, edge and center scenarios, thus achieving "on-demand cloudification". This solution accelerates the integration of 5G and thousands of industries, empowers vertical industry applications and promotes the development of digital economy.

The First Batch of Partners Pass the ZTE 5G Messaging Openlab Access Authentication Test

ZTE Corporation (0763.HK / 000063.SZ), a major international provider of telecommunications, enterprise and consumer technology solutions for the Mobile Internet, today announced that Beijing Guodu Interconnection Technology Co., Ltd., Shanghai Dahan Tricom Co., Ltd., and Nanjing Shumai Information Technology Co., Ltd. have become the first three partners to pass the ZTE 5G Messaging Openlab Technical Certification test, which indicates that the ZTE 5G Messaging Openlab has become the preferred platform for the 5G Messaging partners to test and incubate their new services. The ZTE 5G Messaging Openlab, as an open cooperation platform for ecological partners, is not only a laboratory, but also a platform for joint incubation and verification of the "ZTE & partner" 5G Messaging solution, to enhance product competitiveness and improve customer value and satisfaction. The certification test of the 5G Messaging platform, based on the GSMA UP2.4 series standards, focuses on the functionality and interaction of the Chatbot. And it is used to evaluate the functional completeness and the technical competency level. It plays an important role, as an authoritative reference for the operators and industry customers, in selecting the CSP. "Guodu is one of the first three partners to pass the ZTE 5G Messaging Openlab technical certification test. It further deepens the strategic cooperation between ZTE and Guodu, and also fully recognizes the capabilities of the 5G101 platform of our company for 5G Messaging operation,” said Shen Li, General Manager of Beijing Guodu Interconnection Technology Co., Ltd.. "Dahan is one of the first three partners which have passed the ZTE 5G Messaging Openlab technical certification test, and has become ZTE's strategic partner in the 5G Messaging field,” said Gao Bibu, Chairman of Shanghai Dahan Tricom Co., Ltd., ”Based on this cooperation, ZTE, together with its ecological chain partners, will launch all-round cooperation in the 5G Messaging field, grasping the development opportunity of the 5G Messaging service, and accelerating the commercial process of the 5G Messaging service, empowering partners with technologies to share the 5G ecosystem." Hu Gang, Chairman of Nanjing Data Pulse Information Technology Co., Ltd., said, "Through the successful certification test conducted in the ZTE 5G Messaging Openlab, our company has become one of the first batch of strategic partners in the 5G Messaging field. The successful test marks that ZTE fully recognizes our capabilities of the 5G Messaging R&D and operation. It is also an important milestone of strategic cooperation between both parties.” To date, ZTE, by means of the Openlab, has actively supported operators' external ecological expansion, and provided E2E, unified development and verification environment and service innovation platform for its partners such as terminal, enterprise and service providers. The authentication test will facilitate the partners to promote the application, improve the capabilities of rapid R&D and incubation of the 5G Messaging service, and help the industry leap from the test verification stage to the actual application stage.   

ZTE and CUP Data Establish the First 5G Messaging OpenLab of the Financial Industry

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 China UnionPay Data (CUP Data) have signed a cooperation agreement and jointly unveiled the first 5G Messaging OpenLab of the financial industry in Shanghai.  This OpenLab is jointly initiated by ZTE and CUP Data, both of whom are the members of the Financial Digital Development Alliance. Giving full play to their respective advantages, the both parties will carry out in-depth cooperation in application scenarios, solution research, relative standards, and project applications of 5G Messaging, to accelerate the R&D and commercialization process of 5G Messaging.  "The 5G Messaging OpenLab will employ the open platform of ZTE OpenLab to provide partners with such services as solution incubation and joint verification,” said Zhang Wanchun, Senior Vice President of ZTE, “To date, the open platform has accessed more than 40 service providers and completed the verification of over 120 5G Messaging applications, greatly shortening the time for developers to connect to operators’ networks. In addition, ZTE is actively working with operators and other partners in the industry chain to research and develop innovative businesses, and is committed to building customer-centric and continuously innovative industry solutions. " "CUP Data will grasp the development trend of the continuous deepening of 5G commercialization process, and make full use of abundant forms of 5G Messaging, to provide customers with the full lifecycle messaging services of credit card," said Ji Xiaojie, President of CUP Data.    The establishment of the 5G Messaging OpenLab is another achievement of the technical research and practice innovation of the Financial Digital Development Alliance. Moving forward, the Alliance will consolidate power from industries, scholars, institutes and customers and gather the best resources to provide excellent platform products and services to the financial industry, expecting to facilitate the digital transformation of the financial industry.
ZTE and CUP Data Establish the First 5G Messaging OpenLab of the Financial Industry
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