ZTE to provide Africa with pre-5G
5 October 2018
ZTE South Africa, part of ZTE Corporation has put forward the corporation’s strong commitment to lead 5G innovations globally.
When it is about Africa, and particularly South Africa, ZTE South Africa marketing director Zhang Lei declared most countries are launching 4G and mobile operators still expect to recover their 4G investment. Therefore, ZTE has prepared a pre-5G as an end-to-end solution to boost user experience on 4G.
Zhang points out, “Pre-5G allows African networks to maximise their return on investment in 4G, while preparing their users for the incoming 5G. Pre-5G will show users what they can expect from 5G, thereby creating market demand.’’
ZTE has spent significantly in 5G wireless, core network; bear network, access, chip-set and other core R&D fields. By 2018, ZTE had filed applications for over 69 000 patents globally, with more than 30 000 granted worldwide, including over 1 700 5G-related patent applications globally.
Zhang concluded, “We see South Africa and Africa full of potential. The rapid growth of subscribers and data usage, along with the rise of enterprise IOT, drives the network evolution. Therefore, pre-5G will certainly boom in Africa in the next few years, which is also the technical preparation for 5G rollout after 2020.”