ZTE has showcased its cutting-edge telecommunications solutions and announced new partnerships at the Mobile World Congress (MWC2023) in Shanghai.
The event highlighted ZTE’s advancements in 5G technology for industrial field networks, featuring products like the 5G UniEngine V1100A, SmartEdge 6100, and MSE N100.
The UniEngine V1100A solution stood out by integrating 5G core, 5G RAN, and simplified O&M functionalities for industrial 5G private networks. This comprehensive offering enables seamless operations and management.
ZTE’s SmartEdge 6100 (SE6100) gateway caters to time-sensitive network (TSN) protocols. With hardware-based packet forwarding, native 5G LAN support, and deterministic capabilities, the SE6100 empowers efficient access and management of diverse on-site industrial equipment.
To facilitate industry service simulation and verification, ZTE introduced the MSE N100 test instrument. Featuring the APP+Server architecture, it combines ToB service simulation, quality evaluation, and log analysis. The MSE N100 is capable of simulating a range of typical industrial services, including PLC, multi-channel videos, and continuous ping packets with intervals of hundreds of milliseconds.
In collaboration with the Anhui branch of China Mobile, ZTE launched the industry’s first intelligent and environmentally-friendly User Plane Function (UPF) based on R17 technology at the MWC Conference 2023 in Shanghai.
This innovative solution incorporates the 5G intelligent engine NWDAF and UPFs to enable intelligent energy-saving capabilities. Utilizing advanced time series algorithms for model training and reasoning, it accurately predicts service patterns and resource requirements, resulting in significant energy savings of over 25 percent.
ZTE also partnered with the Guangdong and Guangzhou Branch of China Mobile to successfully conduct the industry’s inaugural commercial trial of a sub-6G 5G cell in Guangzhou, a prominent Chinese city.
Leveraging the 4.9GHz frequency band and ZTE’s 128TR AAU, the trial achieved impressive peak throughput exceeding 10Gbps. The cell showcased outstanding performance with a downlink peak rate of 10.3Gbps, doubling the maximum spectrum efficiency of existing 5G networks. Additionally, the uplink peak rate reached 2.8Gbps, representing a 2.4-fold increase compared to the current 5G network’s maximum spectrum efficiency.
Despite facing higher propagation and penetration losses compared to the 2.6GHz frequency band, the 4.9GHz band demonstrated improved coverage and enhanced indoor penetration by increasing the number of antenna elements and transmission channels.
ZTE’s new AAU, equipped with double the transceivers and antenna elements, significantly enhanced beamforming capabilities, resulting in improved cell capacity, coverage, and vertical reach for high-rise buildings in densely populated urban areas.
The 128TR AAU, coupled with enhanced software algorithms, supports up to 32 streams for downlink space division and up to 24 streams for uplink space division, achieving a maximum beamforming gain of 3 dB and enhancing deep coverage in urban environments.