ZTE Corporation is a global leader in telecommunications and information technology. As part of ZTE's mobile information communication technologies (M-ICT) strategy, the company is committed to providing integrated end-to-end innovations to deliver excellence and value to consumers, carriers, businesses and public sector customers around the world to enable increased connectivity and productivity. Founded in 1985, ZTE is listed on both the Hong Kong and Shenzhen Stock Exchanges. In 2016, ZTE achieved an annual revenue to over RMB 101.2 billion, bolstered by growth in the company's Carrier Networks and Consumer Businesses.
With the industry's most comprehensive product range and end-to-end solutions, ZTE offers cutting-edge wireless, access & bearer, value-added services, terminals and managed services to telecommunications carriers, in addition to ICT solutions for enterprises and government agencies. ZTE's advanced capabilities enable leading telecommunications operators and Fortune 500 enterprises in more than 160 countries to achieve their business objectives and increase competitiveness. In addition, ZTE's acclaimed AXON and Blade mobile devices are chosen by consumers around the world.
ZTE believes in technology innovation as a core value of the company, investing more than 10% of annual revenue in R&D. The company has established 20 state-of-the-art R&D centres in Asia, North America and Europe and employs over 30,000 research professionals in the development of next-generation technologies including 5G, the Internet of Things, NFV, SDN, Cloud Computing, Big Data and Smart City. ZTE has filed applications for more than 68,000 patents, with over 28,000 granted. Since 2010, ZTE has been ranked among the world's Top-3 for patent applications under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) each year, according to the World Intellectual Property Organization.
As a member of the UN Global Compact, ZTE is committed to a vision of balanced, sustainable development in the social, environmental and economic arenas. Promoting freedom of communication around the world, the company has incorporated innovation, technological convergence and the concept of "going green" into the product life cycle. This includes R&D, production, logistics and customer service. The company is also committed to maximizing energy efficiency and minimizing carbon emissions.
With Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) a key priority for the company, ZTE played an active role in relief efforts following events such as the 2015 earthquake in Nepal. ZTE also established the ZTE Special Children Care Fund, the largest charity fund of its kind in China.
Looking forward, ZTE is committed to pursuing the company's M-ICT strategy together with its customers and partners, and driving innovations in telecommunications and ICT globally as the business and technology needs of the industry continue to evolve.