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MWC 2021: ZTE produces five 5G base stations every minute

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ZTE CEO Xu Ziyang.
ZTE CEO Xu Ziyang.

Chinese multinational telecoms giant ZTE says its 5G intelligent manufacturing base in Nanjing is producing five 5G base stations every minute, to help meet the high demand of large-scale commercial deployments of 5G networks all over the world.

An international provider of telecommunications, enterprise and consumer connectivity technology solutions, the partially state-owned Chinese telco says it has ramped up its 5G strategy to empower target groups with 5G-enabled solutions, as the fifth-generation technology enters a period of iterative development globally.

This week, ZTE CEO Xu Ziyang outlined the company’s strategy during a keynote presentation at Mobile World Congress 2021, in Barcelona.

He provided a framework of three key innovation directions upon which the company’s 5G strategy is premised – empowering individuals through 5G applications, bridging the digital gapwith 5G and supporting industries with 5G to promote the industrial revolution.

“As many of you may know, it's been two years since the first launch of 5G.To date, over 1.1 million 5G base stations are in operation around the globe. 5G not only brings an improved user experience, but drives digital and intelligent transformation of verticals.

“The five 5G base stations produced every minute at ZTE's 5G intelligent manufacturing base in Nanjing are shipped all over the world. It is also an excellent example of our practice in ‘intelligent manufacturing powered by 5G’, where we deployed 10 typical 5G applications which are essential to the realisation of intelligent manufacturing.”

Together with over 90 mobile network operators and 500 partners across the globe,ZTE has been exploring innovative 5G applications on a wide scope, and massive use cases in over 15 industry sectors with positive outcomes, he pointed out.

“We are pleased to see the changes brought by 5G and many other new information technologies are taking place in Thailand's factories, Belgium's ports, Austria's farms, and manufacturing, transportation, power grid and environmental protection in China.”

In terms of bridging the digital gap, ZTE, according to Ziyang, aims to help countries across the globe achieve their sustainable development goals.

For example, telemedicine over 5G allows doctors and specialists to diagnose patients remotely, putting high-quality medical resources within immediate reach, he continued.

“Reporters can communicate with interviewees face-to-face, using the holographic technology. Distance learning provides equal educational opportunities for regions at different development stages. 5G fixed wireless access enables rapid provision of broadband services in some areas with limited infrastructure. With the 5G air-to-ground technologies, passengers can enjoy in-flight services just as smooth as when they are on the ground. As we can see, 5G narrows the distance between the people and brings hearts closer, leading to a more harmonious society.”

The innovative 5G applications we see today need to be further developed by implementing an economies of scale approach and creating more focused business models – most effective through a digital enablement platform, he asserted.

“A ‘data-driven’ approach is no doubt the key to digital transformation of hundreds of thousands of verticals. Data is soaring in both volume and variety in theartificial intelligence of things era.

“Meanwhile, data processing becomes more complicated with the introduction of AI; for instance, deep learning algorithms. With the capacity difference recognised among cloud, edge and terminal, and advanced optimisation on software, hardware and chipsets – load-sensitive hyper-convergence becomes the key to the infrastructure, which guarantees scalability, agility and fast iteration,” he noted.

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