ZTE to unveil 5G-ready phone at MWC 2017

ZTE to unveil 5G-ready phone at MWC 2017 [Image: hh5800 via iStock]

Chinese telecommunications brand ZTE has announced it will be unveiling the world’s first LTE gigabit phone at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2017, set to be held in Barcelona between February 27th and March 2nd.

The company said that it will focus on “leading 5G evolution, advancing cloudification, creating the Internet of Everything, and developing state of [the] art devices”. The phone will make it easier to handle tasks like 360-degree virtual reality (VR), 4K video and instant cloud storage while on the move.

According to ZTE, the introduction of “one of the most forward-looking smartphones”, the ZTE Gigabit Phone, will mark an important milestone for the 5G mobile era.

ZTE said that the Gigabit Phone is “revolutionising connectivity with a new standard of download speeds,” currently estimated at 1Gbps. The company said this will bring about a “qualitative leap to a new world of mobile experience” by making 360-degree panoramic VR video, instant cloud storage, entertainment upgrades and fast cache of ultra Hi-Fi music and movies possible.

It follows developments in 5G by a number of different companies, including Qualcomm and Ericsson.

Qualcomm, Nokia and Alphabet’s Access Group have collaborated in order to showcase the first live demo of a private LTE network over Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) shared spectrum.

The companies built a virtual reality zone inside stock car race cars, with 360-degree video streaming to provide an “in car” experience in real time. The demonstration, which achieved speeds in excess of 180mph, showed how the combination of a new CBRS band and innovative technologies can offer new audience experiences, as well as how shared spectrum can be used by venues and enterprises to deploy their own private LTE network to offer new services.

It is expected that 5G will play a significant part in discussions and announcements at MWC 2017.