ZTE set up an R&D centre in Nanjing, the capital of Jiangsu Province in southeast China, as early as 1993. The company has now created 14 R&D centres around the world, among which the Nanjing R&D centre is one of the largest and strongest research bases. The Nanjing R&D centre has achieved many technical innovations since its establishment, helping to propel the global development of the company.
Nanjing was China's capital for six of its ancient dynasties. The city is blessed with a strong humanistic spirit and is geared for the establishment of research institutes with such advantages as a rich cultural heritage and a concentration of universities in the city and surrounding areas. Today, a host of IT enterprises have established R & D centres in and around the city.
ZTE's Nanjing R&D centre houses the main R&D departments of the Network Division, the Data Division as well as the Central Academy and ZTESoft. ZTEsoft is a joint venture established in 2003 for the development of business operations support systems.
The Nanjing R&D centre is now engaged in research and development in areas including mobile networks, data networks, fixed networks, NGN-oriented Softswitch products, telecom value-added services, operating support systems and network core equipment, while undertaking R&D for key projects of China's national technology development focused 863 Plan.
The Nanjing centre has given birth to a series of internationally acclaimed product series such as the ZXJ10, ZXR10, ZXIP 10 and ZXIN 10 systems. Inventions accomplished at the centre include the largest single switching fabric_the 64k x 64k switching fabric, the SS7 signaling transfer point, the carrier-class high-end router, the CDMA wireless intelligent network (WIN) and fixed intelligence service applications. All of these have made the Nanjing R&D centre one of the best R&D centres in China for telecoms technologies and equipment.
The Network Division is the biggest product division in the Nanjing R&D centre with more than 1700 employees in Nanjing that developing product series such as switching systems, network billing, intelligent networks and Softswitch. It is worth noting that the ZXJ10 and the Softswitch products are highly regarded by the industry and have been very significant for the company's development.
As a product independently developed by the company, the ZXJ10 has won many awards and the most recent honour gained was the title of "Chinese World-Famous Product". Research into large switching systems has brought extensive telecoms R&D experience to ZTE. Based on this experience, ZTE has made breakthroughs in the Softswitch field, building the Nanjing R&D centre into a research base of international standing. ZTE has gained a total of over 100 patents related to Softswitch products and has hosted or taken part in drafting over 80 NGN-related standards at home and abroad.
To date, products developed by the Network Division have found wide application at home and abroad. By the middle of 2006, 500 sets of ZTE Softswitch equipment had been deployed worldwide. ZTE's IPTV solution has the largest share of IPTV trials in the Chinese market, and has been deployed in overseas markets such as Greece and Columbia. ZTE's Anyservice has become the No.1 value-added services brand in China with applications in over 50 countries with more than 60 telecom operators.
In early 2005, ZTE inaugurated the Nanjing-based Data Division that specialises in research and development relating to data products. The division has developed a full range of data communications products including routers, Ethernet switches, Broadband Remote Access Servers (BRASs), a Unified Data Network Management Platform, and advanced and complete IP data network solutions. ZTE has applied for a total of more than 360 patents relating to data products with high quality patents exceeding 90 percent of the total. ZTE's data products have been implemented in 30 countries including Romania, India and Pakistan.
In May 2005, the Central Academy of ZTE was launched in Nanjing to conduct research on core network equipment. The academy is also responsible for developing and managing the company-wide IMS strategic plan. For the first nine months of this year, the Central Academy has made 45 proposals to international standards groups.
With the enhancement of a wide range of innovation capabilities, the centre has increased the number of ZTE's technical elite from 30 to several thousands, turning itself into a senior talent valley. The first construction phase of the centre occupies a total floor area of square metres, while the second phase, an R&D building with a construction area of 70,000 square metres, will soon be put into use.
The Nanjing R&D centre has profoundly influenced the development of ZTE. It is a fundamental precondition for the company that ZTE develops its own products, build its own brand and maintain its strong competitive edge in the global market. The Nanjing R&D centre has been, and continues to be, at the core of that belief.