ZTE teams up with Open Fiber, Wind on Italian 5G network pilot

Wednesday 25 October 2017 | 13:39 CET | News

China’s ZTE has announced its partnership with Italian operators Wind Tre and Open Fiber to build what will be Europe's first 5G pre-commercial network in the 3.6-3.8 GHz band. Earlier this year Italy's Ministry of Economic Development (MISE) revealed full details of pre-commercial trials of 5G networks to be conducted in five Italian cities this year, with ZTE, Wind Tre and Open Fiber selected to carry out tests in Prato and L’Aquila.

In its statement, ZTE said it plans to provide the most advanced 5G end-to-end network solution for the pre-commercial field test and partner with Wind Tre, Open Fiber, local universities and businesses to comprehensively test and verify 5G technical performance, network architecture, 4G/5G network integration and future 5G use cases, including AR/VR, smart city, public safety, 5G healthcare and Industry 4.0.

The company also confirmed a project to build a ZTE 5G Innovation and Research Centre in L'Aquila. “We believe that this cooperation will help Italy build a world-class 5G pre-commercial network, promote the commercialization of 5G in other countries and regions and accelerate the construction of a 5G industry chain,” said ZTE’s general manager of TDD and 5G products Bai Yanmin.

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