ZTE, MTN Group partner to commercialize 5G network in Africa and Middle East
International technology company has partnered with telecommunication company MTN group to commercialize the rollout of the 5G network in Africa and Middle East.
According to the agreement, the two companies, in the framework of the existing cooperation, will carry out a series of evaluations and tests of technology verification in the field of 5G, to strengthen the leadership position of MTN and accelerate the commercialization of 5G in the East Next and Africa.
As the leading provider of integrated 5G solutions in the sector, ZTE will provide full technical support to MTN Group. Specifically, in the trials of the first phase of 2018, ZTE will work with MTN in laboratory and field tests of 5G NR, 5G virtual network partition, DevOps and vEPC in container at carrier level and 5G Flexhaul support network.
With these tests on networks, applications and integral terminals, the two organizations will carry out the joint verification of the architecture of the 5G technology, the business model and the user experience, with the intention of laying a solid foundation for MTN Group to take the front in the deployment of 5G in the Middle East and Africa.
“ZTE has always been a long-term strategic partner of MTN Group». After having collaborated extensively in 2G, 3G and 4G, we are excited to work with ZTE in 5G. We believe that 5G is an evolutionary step to provide connectivity, data and access to our customers. We look forward to continuing our journey of innovation in the area of 5G and thus strengthen the current collaboration, in addition to exploring together the future orientation of the construction of networks and the progress of technology and bring services to our customers. For MTN and ZTE, customers are always the first priority. Providing them with the best services is more important than technology and efficiency, "says Babak Fouladi , director of technological innovation at MTN Group.
Xu Huijun , ZTE's Technology Director, says: "As the world's leading provider of information technology and communication solutions, ZTE is at the forefront of 5G, our main strategy. We believe that cooperation in the field of 5G will help MTN this time to take advantage of its good performance as the best operator and will enable it to create a first level network. "
The development of the 5G has long been the main strategy of ZTE, which works to be at the forefront of innovations in 5G. ZTE has established partnerships in the 5G area with many well-known high-level operators around the world, such as Telefonica, T-Mobile, Wind Tre in Italy, Telenet in Belgium, VEON, Telecom Malaysia, KT in South Korea , China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom.