Chinese corporation ZTE announced the signing of a Strategic Partnership Agreement on 5G and IoT with Telenet, the largest provider of cable broadband services in Belgium, 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 already engaged for a couple of months with ZTE now and are very happy about it. 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 Uni-RAN technology. The network modernization 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 optimize 3G, 4G coverage, delivering increased network capacity for enhanced user experience for subscribers, and supporting evolution to future network technologies.
With ZTE’s industry-leading technology, Telenet completed field test 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 LTE Massive 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, MUSA (multi-user shared access), FB-OFDM (filter-bank 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 ITU, 3GPP, IEEE, NGMN, and IMT-2020 (5G) Promotion Group.
“ZTE is excited by our 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.”