ZTE Corporation, a major international provider of telecommunications, enterprise and consumer technology solutions for the Mobile Internet, today announced that it has completed the industry’s first decoupling and interconnection test of ZTE’s ZENIC SDN controller with the carrier-grade CloudOS of China Mobile.

Read more: ZTE partners with China Mobile on future-orientated 5G network

Huawei became the first vendor to pass China's 5G standalone (SA) test. The test, which covers key core network technologies and service procedures, is the third phase of 5G R&D trial. The trial was organized by the IMT-2020 (5G) Promotion Group and conducted at the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology (CAICT). The test constitutes an important part of the 5G R&D trial.

Read more: Huawei first to achieve 5G standalone test in China

China has announced that is currently considering a potential merger agreement between two of the country’s top three mobile operators. Bloomberg has reported that state-owned China Unicom and China Telecom may merge in an effort to accelerate 5G investment in its battle with the United States to be the first nation in the world to commercially deploy the technology.

Read more: Chinese operators set to merge in bid to accelerate 5G development

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