28 February 2018
| Natalie Bannerman
ZTE and MTN have entered into an agreement on the development of 5G network architectures in the Middle East & Africa (MEA).
Under the terms of the agreement
both parties extend their existing partnership to conduct a
series of technology verification tests and assessments in 5G
to accelerate the commercialisation of 5G in MEA.
"ZTE has always been a long-term strategic partner of MTN
Group," said Babak Fouladi, CTIO of MTN Group. "After
extensive partnerships on 2G, 3G and 4G, we are excited to be
collaborating with ZTE on 5G. We believe 5G is an evolutionary
step in getting connectivity, data and access to our customers.
We are looking forward to continuing our journey in the 5G
innovations and through that, we can strengthen existing
cooperation and jointly explore the future direction of network
construction and technology evolution, and bring services to
our customers. MTN and ZTE always think about the customers at
the first priority. Providing best services to customers is
more important than technology and efficiency."
For ZTE’s part of the collaboration it will
provide the MTN Group with technical support, specifically
during its phase one test which will take place in 2018.In
addition, ZTE will work with MTN on both lab and field tests in
5G NR, 5G virtualized network slicing, carrier-class DevOps and
container-based vEPC, as well as 5G Flexhaul bearer
It is hoped that through these tests in end-to-end networks,
applications and terminals, the two company will complete the
joint verification of 5G technology architecture, business
model and user experience, allowing the MTN Group to take the
lead in 5G deployment in the MEA region.
"As the world's leading provider of ICT solutions, ZTE
pioneers in the field of 5G, our core strategy. We believe that
the cooperation in 5G field this time will help MTN leverage
its performance as the best carrier, and enable it to build a
world-class network," added Xu Huijun, CTO of ZTE.
The news follows a string of similar announcements for ZTE
which has recently entered into 5G partnerships with many
well-known high-end operators worldwide, including
Telefonica, T-Mobile, Italy's Wind
Tre, Belgium's Telenet, VEON, Telecom
Malaysia, South Korea's KT,
China Mobile, China Unicom,