ZTE named in 11-member team to facilitate China’s 4G-to-5G evolution

ZTE has been named as one of the first eleven partners in the China Mobile 5G Joint Innovation Lab (5G JIL), which was launched at the Global TD-LTE Initiative (GTI) Summit held during Mobile World Congress 2016 in Barcelona on February 23.

The 5G JIL aims to draw on multiple resources from across the industry in order to facilitate 4G-to-5G evolution and create a virtuous circle for innovation. China Mobile has plans to create more opportunities for cooperation across different industries in areas rich in potential such as basic communications, Internet of Things (IoT), Internet of Vehicles (IoV), Industrial Internet, Cloud Robotics, Virtual Reality (VR), and Augmented Reality (AR).

The 5G JIL will build a central lab in Beijing, and regional labs in the China Mobile International Information Port, Qingdao, Chongqing and other places. China Mobile and its partners will actively take part in 5G tests organized by the IMT-2020(5G) Promotion Group in China, to promote 5G candidate technology validation, standards development, and industrial chain construction. Meanwhile, China Mobile will cooperate with the Global TD-LTE Initiative (GTI), GSMA, NGMN and other international organizations, to expand partners and cooperation.

As one of China Mobile’s first key partners, ZTE is committed to participating in all the lab’s activities including the promotion of 4G evolution, 5G standardization, infrastructure construction, and product and application platform development.

“The launch of the 5G JIL will deepen and broaden ZTE’s partnership with China Mobile taking it to a higher level. By virtue of the lab, Chinese enterprises will be given more say and play a greater role in global 5G standardization and industrialization,” said Zhao Xianming, Executive Vice President of ZTE.