ZTE to Demonstrate New Products at 3GSM Congress
TMCnet Associate Editor
ZTE, a global provider of telecommunications equipment and network solutions, will be demonstrating its wireless terminals, 3G handsets, 2G handsets and HSDPA-based data cards during the upcoming 3GSM World Congress, to be held Feb. 13-16, in Barcelona, Spain.
Among the 3G handset models which will be shown is the F866, a stylish clamshell tri-band handset and the first handset ZTE has sold into the European market. More than 300,000 of these handsets were shipped to the U.K. in December. The company will also be showing the new F608 – ZTE’s latest 3G handset to come out of development. In addition to traditional 3G services, this model also supports Bluetooth, external memory and a dual 300K and a 1.3 Mega pixel camera.
Many of the products are being seen in Europe for the first time.
“In 2006, Europe will be a strategic market for ZTE’s terminal business,” said Zhou Lingling, VP of ZTE’s handsets division. “We will develop terminal products customized to European customers' needs and this is reflected in the full range of products across all price points that are on display in Barcelona. We hope European customers can understand our products and our R&D capability better through the show.”
China-based ZTE claims to be at the forefront of product developments based on the 3.5G technology HSDPA. The MF330, the company's first HSDPA terminal data card, supports a download speed of 3.6 Mbps and provides operators with a clear path for increasing data usage and revenue.
“In the 3G market, most revenue comes from data services such as streaming media entertainment services,” added Zhou Lingling. “The high download speed offered by the MF330 can help mobile operators develop differentiated services in broadband markets and really add to their competitive edge.”
ZTE will also be showcasing its 2G terminals, including both CDMA and GSM handsets. Of the CDMA handsets, ZTE will demonstrate the C150 and C220, which the company claims are very popular in Asian markets. GSM handsets on exhibit include the popular low-end model A12, as well as the high-end model E3; a smartphone that supports GPRS/ WAP/ MMS; and a 1.3 mega pixel built-in camera and 270 degree rotating screen.
ZTE made news on Jan. 6 when it announced that it had won a deal to supply China’s largest fixed line operator, China Telecom, with a trial NGN network in Shanghai. The project follows a series of NGN deals for ZTE in the latter half of 2005 across Asia and the Americas.
The new network will mainly employ ZTE fixed-line 3G@NGN solutions for provisioning enhanced calling and data services.
Shanghai, one of China’s most economically developed and densely populated cities, has around 10 million fixed-line and PHS subscribers.
ZTE reports that the first phase of the network will be in operation by July.
For more information about ZTE, visit www.zte.com.cn.
For more information about 3GSM Congress, visit www.3gsmworldcongress.com/.
Patrick Barnard is Associate Editor for TMCnet and a columnist covering the telecom industry. To see more of his articles, please visit Patrick Barnard’s columnist page.
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