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Qualcomm, ZTE and Wind Tre announce collaboration on 5G trials at 3.7 GHz to accelerate 5G deployments in Italy

— Trials will be compliant with 3GPP specifications, the global 5G standard, driving the ecosystem towards rapid commercialization at scale —

Dec 14, 2017SAN DIEGO

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Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, ZTE and Wind Tre announce they will conduct interoperability testing and over-the-air field trials based on the 5G New Radio (NR) specifications being developed by 3GPP. The testing is expected to validate 5G services and technologies, enabling timely commercial network launches based on standard compliant 5G NR infrastructure and devices.

The trials will operate at 3.7 GHz, and will showcase advanced 5G technologies to achieve multi-gigabit per second transmission speeds, lower latency and better reliability. These 5G technologies will be necessary to meeting the increasing consumer demand for enhanced mobile broadband experiences, as well as laying the foundation for the needs of services in different fields such as Smart Cities, Connected Cars, e-health, Smart Energy and Industry 4.0. The trials will utilize solutions from ZTE transmitting over the 5G radio interface to device prototypes from Qualcomm Technologies, following Wind Tre guidelines.

"Qualcomm Technologies is committed to meeting the ever-increasing connectivity requirements for emerging mobile broadband experiences and we are already seeing the need to bring 5G NR technologies to devices globally sooner rather than later," said Roberto Di Pietro, Vice President Business Development, Qualcomm Europe, Inc. "We are excited to be part of trials with Wind Tre and ZTE based on the global 3GPP 5G standard, which are critical to ensure timely deployment of 5G networks."

"For Wind Tre the 5G trial is a great opportunity of co-innovation, to test the new technology architecture, the new business models and the customer experience of fifth generation services," said Benoit Hanssen, CTO at Wind Tre. "We believe that, in conducting the trials with Qualcomm and ZTE, we will be able to create an innovative ecosystem, in order to make accessible and sustainable the new solutions."

"ZTE has always maintained an industry-leading position in 5G technology verification and product-based development. We have launched a full range of 5G high-frequency and low-frequency products and comprehensive solutions. In addition, ZTE is verifying a multitude of key technologies, solutions and network models together with industry partners. Through the detailed field tests, we can discover and solve the potential problems prior to large-scale commercial use of 5G, helping us in our aim of become one of the world’s first suppliers of commercial 5G equipment and solutions," said Bai Yanmin, general manager of ZTE's TDD&5G products.


About Qualcomm
Qualcomm's technologies powered the smartphone revolution and connected billions of people. We pioneered 3G and 4G – and now we are leading the way to 5G and a new era of intelligent, connected devices. Our products are revolutionizing industries, including automotive, computing, IoT, healthcare and data center, and are allowing millions of devices to connect with each other in ways never before imagined. Qualcomm Incorporated includes our licensing business, QTL, and the vast majority of our patent portfolio. Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, operates, along with its subsidiaries, all of our engineering, research and development functions, and all of our products and services businesses, including, our QCT semiconductor business. For more information, visit Qualcomm’s website, OnQ blog, Twitter and Facebook pages

About Wind Tre
Wind Tre, led by Jeffrey Hedberg, is a top Italian mobile operator and the second-leading operator in the fixed communications market. The company was created from the merger of the two operating companies H3G S.p.A and Wind Telecomunicazioni S.p.A. following the 50-50 joint-venture set up by CK Hutchison and VEON.
Wind Tre is achieving important synergies and investing strongly in digital infrastructures. The new financial and industrial capacity allows Wind Tre to provide innovative, high quality services and faster network speeds, in line with the growing demand for connectivity and the needs of families and businesses. The company aims to become a player of reference in fixed-mobile integration and in developing new generation fibre optics networks, also thanks to the agreement with Open Fiber for the development of the ultra-broadband network in Italy. In the mobile market, Wind Tre has 21,000 transmission sites and a significant range of frequencies available. For further information, visit

About ZTE
ZTE is a provider of advanced telecommunications systems, mobile devices, and enterprise technology solutions to consumers, carriers, companies and public sector customers. As part of ZTE’s strategy, the company is committed to providing customers with integrated end-to-end innovations to deliver excellence and value as the telecommunications and information technology sectors converge. Listed in the stock exchanges of Hong Kong and Shenzhen (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A share stock code: 000063.SZ), ZTE’s products and services are sold to over 500 operators in more than 160 countries. ZTE commits 10 per cent of its annual revenue to research and development and has leadership roles in international standard-setting organizations. ZTE is committed to corporate social responsibility and is a member of the UN Global Compact. For more information, please visit


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