ZTE helps Indonesian operators prepare for 5G
By Yunnie Marzuki April 5, 2018
- Aims to have local operators penetrate 5G by 2020
- Has set 12% of its annual revenue for R&D team
CHINA-based ZTE Corporation, a telecommunications service provider and technology solutions provider for global businesses and consumers, showcased its latest 5G innovations in Indonesia through the ‘Leading 5G Tour 2018’.
The company brought in its latest technology which will support pre-5G and 5G solutions to Indonesia by collaborating with some (undisclosed) local network operator providers.
“Due to its huge population, Indonesia has become a Tier 1 market for us. We plan to test out the technology here with the government’s support in terms of preparing the spectrum,” said ZTE Indonesia marketing director Benjamin Bai.
Bai says that ZTE Corporation invested approximately 12% of its revenue per year in developing R&D team since 2016.
“We’re excited to bring these world-first innovations to Indonesia, because our commitment is to deliver the best of 5G technology, and to help our telco partners build a more stable, reliable network that provides more value to their customers. With our leading 5G innovations, we hope that we can continue to be the partner of choice for telecom operators in the country to bring their network to the next level.”
In terms of market readiness and challenges, Bai explains, “We have three pillars in our technology which are radio, transportation, and cloud.
“Indonesia is both ready in terms of transportation and cloud as more players are coming in, and network providers had been planning to dive into 5G. But, for radio, it is not ready yet.”
Then he admits the biggest challenges for ZTE is the transportation system to build higher bandwidth within different islands in Indonesia.
“Each operator has a different ability to transport and build equal networks across the country. But I believe because of this unique geographic condition, we will able to get operators to penetrate 5G by 2020.”
World’s first end-to-end IoDT Test based on latest 3GPP 5G NR standard
After successfully brought 5G and Pre5G solutions to Indonesia last year, ZTE now brings the world’s first end-to-end interoperability tests based on the 3GPP 5G NR standard to demonstrate its great strength in 5G field.
The end-to-end interworking among 5G new air-interface systems based on the 3GPP R15 standard was first jointly implemented by ZTE, China Mobile and Qualcomm back in November 2017, in the 5G joint innovation central lab of China Mobile.
The system interworking test employed ZTE’s Sub-6GHz 5G new air-interface pre-commercial base stations and was able to reach a peak rate of a single UE up to 1.4 Gbps and the latency of only 0.04ms.
Full series end-to-end 5G commercial products
As the leader in 5G technology, ZTE now has a complete portfolio of 5G commercial products that are commercially ready for operators in 2019, including mmWave and Sub-6GHz 5G access devices, diverse 5G bearer solutions, and flexible and high performance 5G core network devices. For 5G radio access, ZTE provides a complete series of new generation 5G base stations, such as 5G high frequency and low frequency AAUs, the NG BBU with industry’s largest capacity, and the industry’s first 4G/5G dual-mode RRU.
For 5G bearer, ZTE launched 5G Flexhaul solutions and series products, including the world’s first 1U devices that support 10GE, 25GE, and 100GE interfaces, and the industry’s first TB-level 5G platform.