ZTE Introduces Commercial Available 5G Base Stations at MWC 2018

ZTE has introduced a full series of new-generation 5G base stations at Mobile World Congress 2018 in Barcelona. It marks a milestone for the technological innovation of wireless base stations, facilitating global commercial 5G deployments.

The new generation of ZTE 5G high/low frequency AAU supports the 3GPP 5G NR and mainstream 5G spectrum used in the industry. Adopting key 5G technologies, such as Massive MIMO, Beam Tracking, and Beam Forming, it is fully applicable to the diversified scenarios of commercial 5G deployments. It has passed the national 5G test in China, and has been used in 5G tests by operators around the world. Compared with the previous generation of products, the new 5G high/low frequency AAU is fully compliant with 3GPP standards and is commercially available.

Characterized by a high level of integration, small volume, light weight, and a high bandwidth, the ZTE 5G low-frequency AAU creates a new record of the peak throughput in a single cell, reaching up to 19 Gbps, in the low-frequency eMBB test scenario during the national 5G tests in China. It is the smallest high-power AAU in the industry. Its compact and easy-to-install design made ZTE the first to complete the 5G tests at the high frequency of 26 GHz in China.

NG BBU (baseband processing unit) with Industry’s Largest Capacity

At MWC 2018, ZTE released the first NG BBU in the industry. As the upgraded version of the IT BBU, which is the world's first SDN/NFV-based 5G wireless access product released in 2017, the ZTE NG BBU is the most powerful 2U NG BBU with the highest capacity. With advanced SDN/NFV virtualization technologies, the ZTE NG BBU is compatible with 2G, 3G, 4G, and 5G, and also supports C-RANs, D-RANs, and 5G CUs/DUs. It has multiple interfaces and supports pre-maintenance. The NG BBU–based 4G/5G hybrid network and multi-mode network help operators flexibly deploy vertical services and achieve multi-scenario deployments, thereby accelerating network deployment and optimization while reducing TCO.

First 4G/5G Dual-Mode RRU (RF remote unit) in the Industry

The industry’s first dual-mode dual-frequency 4G/5G RRU, released by ZTE, supports 4G single-mode, 5G single-mode and 4G/5G convergence, ensuring the smooth evolution of operators' networks to 5G. Featuring compact design and easy installation, it greatly helps operators save hardware costs and improve network stability. Meanwhile, the single-fiber solution can reduce the fiber rental costs by 75% and significantly decrease operators' TCO without affecting the transmission of big data.

Based on the self-developed high-performance 5G soft-baseband chips and digital intermediate-frequency chips, the ZTE new-generation 5G base stations can provide an extremely high capacity, and support multiple systems and key 5G technologies. In 2017, ZTE worked with some leading operators, such as China Mobile and Wind Tre, in the 5G tests. ZTE’s first-generation 5G full series of pre-commercial base stations passed the national phase II 5G tests in China, with the test indicators far superior to those specified by the ITU. Together with China Mobile and Qualcomm, ZTE performed the world's first IoDT test based on 3GPP R15 standards, which was well recognized by the industry.

As a 5G leader, ZTE has set 5G development as its core strategy. They are actively verifying 5G technologies, developing 5G products, and continuously increasing investment in the research and development of 5G and 5G-related fields.