27 February 2013, Shenzhen, China – ZTE Corporation (“ZTE”) (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A share stock code: 000063.SZ), a publicly-listed global provider of telecommunications equipment, network solutions and mobile devices, today announced its FDD/TDD Converged Solution has won the Global TD-LTE Initiative (GTI) Innovation Award at GTI Night at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
GTI Night is held each year to honor outstanding achievements in the telecommunications space. This year’s innovation award winner was selected by a GTI steering committee of multiple operators. GTI Night 2013 was attended by more than 30 global operators and several industry partners.
“This integrated networking solution enables FDD operators to circumvent bottlenecks,” said ZTE Senior Vice President Zeng Xuezhong as he accepted the award. “This is important as the technology becomes more prevalent and ZTE is pleased to be a contributor to the prosperity of the GTI and TDD ecosystems.”
In 2011, ZTE worked with Hutchison Whampoa’s H3G to build the world’s first and largest FDD LTE/TD-LTE dual-mode commercial network in Sweden, which has become a model for global dual-mode networks. This H3G network was constructed exclusively by ZTE using an integrated FDD LTE/TD-LTE solution. It also can realize seamless evolution and upgrades. In addition, its use of same antenna feeder, transmission frequency and design as existing 2G and 3G base stations enables operators utilize existing stations, reducing CAPEX by more than 30 percent.
In December of 2011, a dual-mode network jointly built by ZTE and China Mobile Hong Kong was put into commercial operation in the territory, a milestone for both companies. To date, ZTE has built TD-LTE networks for 42 operators in 30 countries across the globe, and 12 of these networks have been put into commercial operation.
GTI is dedicated to the development and promotion of the TDD ecosystem and was founded in 2011 by a consortium of operators, including China Mobile, SoftBank, Clearwire, Bharti Airtel, and Vodafone. It currently has 51 operator members and 44 industrial partners.