China Mobile selects ZTE to deliver its 5G SA core
China Mobile already provides NSA 5G services to 50 towns and cities across China but will dramatically ramp up its 5G offering over the next 12 months
China Mobile has selected Chinese network equipment provider, ZTE, to deliver its standalone 5G core.
ZTE will provide the core technology that will power China Mobile’s 5G in 12 provinces of China. Once completed, the project will become the world's largest 5G SA network.
China Mobile’s 5G SA core network project will use ZTE’s Common Core solution, which features SBA, microservice components, stateless design and network slicing to implement flexible and agile service innovation, deployment and O&M. ZTE’s Common Core solution accommodate the full access and full integration requirements of 2G, 3G ,4G and 5G services simultaneously.
China Mobile remains the world’s largest mobile network operator, with more than 900 million subscribers.
All three of China’s mobile network operators have launched their initial, non stand alone 5G networks across the country, with China Mobile alone reaching 15.4 million 5G subscribers by the end of February 2020.
China Mobile currently provides 5G services in 50 towns and cities across China and has deployed a total of 50,000 base stations to support the initial phase of its rollout. The company plans to deploy a total of 300,000 5G base stations by the end of the year.
To date, ZTE has obtained 46 commercial 5G contracts in major markets across Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa.