Press Release

ZTE Corporation, a major international provider of telecommunications, enterprise and consumer technology solutions for the Mobile Internet, today announced the signing of a strategic partnership agreement on 5G and IoT with Telenet, deepening the two companies’ collaboration on next-generation technologies.

In a ceremony at the Castle Val-Duchesse in Brussels officiated by Prime Minister Charles Michel and Premier Li Keqiang, Telenet Chief Technology Officer Micha Berger and ZTE Senior Vice President Xiao Ming signed the new agreement that expands the partnership between the two companies to cover future network innovations.

Mr. Berger said: “We are happy to be engaged for a couple of months with ZTE. We are convinced this partnership will allow us to offer a top quality mobile network for existing and future needs all over Belgium.”

Telenet is the largest cable broadband service provider in Belgium, listed on the Euronext stock exchange under the ticker TNET, providing a range of digital television, fixed and mobile services to residential and business customers across Belgium and Luxembourg.

In August 2016, Telenet selected ZTE to upgrade its national mobile network, deploying ZTE’s world-class unified radio access network (Uni-RAN) technology. The network modernisation project not only resulted in major improvements in performance and service quality for Telenet subscribers but also gave the carrier enhanced capabilities to manage its operations.

ZTE helped Telenet replace 2G base stations and optimise 3G and 4G coverage, delivering increased network capacity for enhanced user experience for subscribers, and supporting the evolution to future network technologies.

With ZTE’s industry-leading technology, Telenet completed field tests and set a new European network speed record, achieving download speeds of 1.3 Gigabits per second, four times faster than existing 4G services.

Together with ZTE, Telenet is exploring technology solutions for IoT services and high capacity solutions using long-term evolution (LTE) Massive multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) and LTE broadcast solutions.

As a global leader in 5G technology, ZTE is committed to investments in research and development of core 5G technologies including Massive MIMO, multi-user shared access (MUSA) , filter-bank orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing (FB-OFDM), Virtual Cell and network slicing.

ZTE is a major participant and contributor to global 5G technologies and standards. The company is a member of over 70 standards organizations, alliances, and forums, including the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Next Generation Mobile Networks (NGMN), and IMT-2020 (5G) Promotion Group.

“ZTE is excited by its strategic agreement with Telenet,” said Mr. Xiao. “This agreement provides a solid foundation for Telenet and ZTE to expand and strengthen the long-term partnership on the way to a new 5G era.”