ZTE successfully convoked Saudi Summit Forum 2003
On April 30, 2003, the conference center of Saudi ARAMCO, the world’s largest petroleum company, pooled together a number of communications experts from the East and the experts from ARAMCO; ZTE Optical Transport Summit Forum was held there as scheduled.
The meeting was teemed with strong Middle East flavors; a glance at the picture gives you the Middle East amorous feelings.
On May 3, 2003, ZTE’s special optical transport summit forum for Saudi Telecom (STC) was held as scheduled at Sheraton Hotel in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia.
At 9 a.m.-12 a.m. on May 4, John and Ted, the experts from North American Optical Communications Institute of ZTE, together with the engineers and operation experts from Saudi Telecom, went on further technical lecture and exchange in Saudi Telecom Engineering Building.
This is the first time that North American experts came to the forefront of the international market. What is the impression? Let’s start from the background of this project.
The region of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is the strategic market of ZTE optical communications equipment and Saudi market is the one with the most market potentials. Currently, Saudi Telecom (STC) is the only one in Saudi’s public switching telephone network (PSTN) market while Saudi ARAMCO, the largest petroleum company in the world, is the most potential and representative one in the private network market, therefore the two markets are of strategic significance in the whole GCC region and even the whole Middle East.
STC will shell out dozens of millions of dollars for the transport network construction this year. ZTE’s office at Saudi demonstrated strong enthusiasm in the promotion of optical transport; they did enormous careful work during more than one month, enabling the STC management to basically acquire good impression of ZTE’s optical transport products as well as solutions, and enabling the STC executives to have detailed understanding of ZTE’s optical transport products. Meanwhile, they aroused strong interests of STC in the ZTE’s MSTP and small transport devices. According to the established practice of STC that any new product or new vendor must first set up the trial office before their entry into its market, currently ZTE Saudi office are actively accelerating the process of setting up the transport trial office at STC.
ARAMCO has its own optical transport network, and Saudi telecom also leased the transport link from ARAMCO at its early stage. Recent years are the key period of transport network reconstruction, the reconstruction of transport network during 2003-2007 will be gradually put into practice in three phases with the budget totaling hundreds of millions of dollars. 2003 is the first phase with the budget of dozens of millions of dollars. ARAMCO also has its special network project team, while just like STC, they have high requirements for the products in respect of performance, reliability and technical advancement. Each bid of ARAMCO shall undergo the pre-qualification of vendors. In January, ZTE had already participated in the pre-qualification of transport products.
In order to demonstrate the technical advancement of ZTE optical transport, the Company sent TED and JOHN, two experts from North America Dallas Institute, to attend the meeting at Saudi. Two meetings of forums were successfully held in two cities respectively and the forum of ARAMCO was held on April 30. The summit forum for STC in Riyadh had more than 40 attendants including general managers from network engineering department, network planning department, network R&D department, and other related engineers. Two experts delivered an introduction by explaining the profound in simple ways and conducted the careful technical exchange in respect of the latest technologies in optical transport field, such as RPR, ASON, GFP, long distance DWDM transport, network planning and optimization, as well as the customer’s interested issues such as internetworking and interconnection. In addition, they answered all the questions concerned.
The success of this forum has further strengthened the technical exchange between ZTE and the customer, allowing them to deepen their understanding of ZTE’s products. At the same time, ZTE has sent experts to attend the high-tech seminars, which is of great significance to the enhancement of the forum’s value and our overall corporate image.
ZTE was awarded GSM network entry license from Russia
On May 29,2003, ZTE was awarded a GSM network entry license by the Russian Ministry for Communication and Information. It indicates that ZTE has won its entry ticket to the Russian GSM market.
The system that was accepted includes MSC/VLR, HLR/AUC, SC, BSC, BTS and MB.
To date, ZTE has won network entry licenses for its major telecom products such as fixed network, intelligent network, GSM, CDMA and optical transport, paving the way for the exploration of future markets in Russia.
ZTE undertook the construction of China Telecom backbone network
Recently, ZTE Corporation became the winner of Xi’an-Lanzhou, Lanzhou-Xining WDM project and Lanzhou-Urumuqi/Lanzhou-Xining-Lhasa SDH project in the public bidding of China Telecom Corporation’s backbone transmission network.
This is another big cooperation between ZTE Corporation and China Telecom Corporation following its winning the bid of northwestern ring and the level-2 trunk transmission network project of in November 2002 and January 2003.
This telecom backbone transmission network project covers southwest and northwest regions, and many famous international manufacturers were competing for the bid. After fierce competition, ZTE Corporation became the winner by virtue of its excellent product performance and good after-sales services, and was awarded three contracts.
As to the outstanding achievements made in the backbone network market, the person in charge of ZTE optical network expressed that ZTE Corporation will further uphold the mission of focusing on customer needs to build the world-class leading optical transmission brand. It is learned that, up to now, ZTE optical network products are massly sold in scores of provinces in China as well as the countries or regions like Pakistan, Portland, Russia and Zambia, and there are more than 80,000 sets of equipment terminals running over the network.
ZTE undertook the largest DWDM project in Asia
On June 4, 2002, ZTE won the bidding of West Ring DWDM project (phase 1) of China Mobile Group inter-provincial optical transport network. It is the third national trunk, following the Northeast Ring and East Ring. It is also the largest optical transport project in Asia in terms of length, stations and complexity.
The project employs ZTE Unitrans series transport products, including ZXWM-32, ZXOADM and ZXONM. Geographically, it covers 2 municipalities (Beijing and Chongqing) and 15 provinces (namely Hebei, Henan, Hubei, Guangdong, Guangxi, Guizhou, Yunnan, Sichuan, Shanxi, Gansu, Shaanxi, Inner-Mongolia, Xinjiang, Ningxia and Qinghai). It totals 232 terminals of Unitrans DWDM equipment, 183 stations and more than 20,000 km in length. It is the important part of the national optical transport network of China Mobile and delivers super-quality services.
Its topology is shown as follows:
The West Ring DWDM system is designed in 32x2.5Gb/s and can be expanded to 320G at most. The project draws on various OTU and automatic gain control/optical amplifiers to control the system dispersion, polarized dispersion, optical SNR, non-linear effect, etc. within limits. It also employs the dual OSC technology, a unique feature of ZXWM-32, to cater for the complicated applications of cross networking and multi-ring networking.
As the leading optical network vendor, ZTE has undertaken the national backbone networks in Ecuador and Poland, the inter-provincial trunk of China Telecom in the western five provinces, the Northeast Ring of China Railcom, Chongqing backbone network of China Mobile, etc.
ZTE won the bid of Netcom’s core ring
In March 2003, the tender for the fourth phase transmission project of China Network Communications (Holdings) Limited core ring was finalized and ZTE topped the list of composite index among all bidders (i.e. ZTE, Huawei Technologies, Alcatel, Siemens) and was awarded the tender. The project covers 16 cities totaling 18 serving nodes, i.e. Beijing, Tianjin, Jinan, Nanjing, Shanghai Lekai, Shanghai Shibei, Hangzhou, Ningbo, Fuzhou, Xiamen, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Changsha, Wuhan 1, Wuhan 2, Hefei, Zhengzhou, Shijiazhuang, involves China’s most important cities to the east of Bejing-Wuhan-Guangzhou, and radiates the most developed regions such as Pearl River Delta, Yangtze River Delta and Beijing-Tianjin-Shanghai. This project networking adopts ZXSM 2500 V10.0. In addition to transporting traditional SDH service, the project also provides integrated service interface (MSTP) to meet the needs of China Netcom users for integrated services. ZXSM 2500 V10.0 equipment offered by ZTE has superior performances and strong functions. It can provide up to twelve 2.5G optical interfaces, and is easy for upgrading and capacity expansion. The whole project employs 3 sets of ZTE’s E300 sub-network class network administration systems to implement the classified management for the overall network, greatly improving the security of the whole network to build a high efficient, secure and reliable transport platform for China Netcom users.
The whole network loop route of the fourth phase project of Netcom core ring totals 8,900 km and is one of the projects with longest single ring and widest coverage where ZTE SDH equipment is applied. This is another massive application of ZTE’s high-end transmission products in high-end networks of highly developed key markets. It will greatly boost the massive commercialization of ZTE transport products in the developed coastal regions in the eastern and southern parts of China
Meanwhile, China Network Communications (Holdings) Limited issued bidding documents for long-haul relay project in Wuhan and Guangzhou during the same period, ZTE Corporation’s transmission products won the bid again by virtue of the superior performance.