ZTE signs 5G research and commercialization agreement with KT

Telecom network vendor ZTE announced its 5G cooperation agreement – involving research and commercialization — with KT Corporation.

The announcement was made at the Mobile World Congress 2015 Shanghai.

ZTE and KT will launch 5G Test Bed construction in Seoul, and jointly develop, present, and design the future 5G network architecture based on the Test Bed. The partnership between ZTE and KT will help advance 5G standardization and the development of the industry ecosystem globally.


In June 2014, ZTE was the first vendor to propose the Pre5G concept, and the company launched Pre5G base station integrating the BBU and RRU at MWC in Barcelona in March 2015.

ZTE’s Pre5G base station enhances spectral efficiency more than fourfold by using Massive MIMO technology. ZTE will launch other significant Pre5G technology solutions, such as UDN and MUSA, in the future.

Three operators in South Korea have announced that they will bring forward 5G deployment plans. KT plans to launch commercial 5G networks in the PyeongChang Winter Olympics in 2018. ZTE Pre5G uses some 5G technologies directly on 4G networks, and provides 5G-like experience on 4G terminals without changing the air interface standard.

Xu Huijun, senior vice president of ZTE, said: “We believe that the Pre5G technology can better meet practical requirements for seamless development of networks.”

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