ZTE and CSLNWM to Build the World's First SDR-based HSPA+ Network

    CSLNWM's network in Hong Kong to be replaced with an all-IP network

    BARCELONA, Spain, Feb. 17 /CNW/ -- ZTE, a leading global provider of
telecommunications equipment and network solutions and Hong Kong's No. 1
mobile operator CSL New World Mobility (CSLNWM), a subsidiary of Australia's
Telstra Corporation, today announced that they would work together to build in
Hong-Kong, the world's first SDR (Software Defined Radio) based HSPA+ network
making it the first large-scale all-IP network with such technology.
    Selected after a thorough competitive tender process ZTE will upgrade
CSLNWM's existing infrastructure with a fully integrated 2G/3G all-IP
SDR-based network. Furthermore, ZTE and CSLNWM have successfully completed
testing of the HSPA+ network capability in Hong Kong on 15 February 2009,
delivering HSPA+ (64QAM) services which can provide up to 21Mbps download
    ZTE's SDR technology provides CSLNWM's network with increased flexibility
by reducing equipment space and power requirements, and at same time enabling
high speed, advanced traffic management and future-proof systems. SDR
solutions enable operators to upgrade to next generation networks, including
    CSLNWM CEO Tarek Robbiati said Hong Kong was undoubtedly one of the most
difficult places to deploy a network. "Many skyscrapers and the dense
population create a complicated wireless environment. So the reconstruction of
a converged all-IP 2G/3G network is a challenging task.
    "We congratulate ZTE on the system's outstanding performance in QAM64
testing and we believe our work with them will help CSLNWM to stay way ahead
of the competition and deliver its 2.5 million subscribers superior service,"
Mr. Robbiati said.
    ZTE CEO Mr. Yin Yimin said the CSL network reconstruction project was an
arduous and complicated undertaking.
    "ZTE set up a special project team comprised of more than 300 engineers
and technical experts to work with CSL. We are very proud that together we are
enabling the world's first SDR-based HSPA+ network," Mr. Yin said.
    The dual-mode 2G/3G SDR CSLNWM network will be the first large-scale
all-IP network in the world, delivering superior services and user experience,
while providing a smooth transition from the existing network to HSPA+.
CSLNWM's new network will include a single core network, RAN and network
management system and operation systems and software (NMS/OSS).
    CSLNWM is the largest mobile operator in Hong Kong and a subsidiary of
Telstra. Its GSM/UMTS network counts over 2.5 million subscribers.
    Telstra was the world's first operator to roll-out a nationwide 3G HSDPA
network. The network was commercially launched in Australia in 2006, covering
an area larger than Western Europe, and the entire project was completed in
the record time of 10 months. Telstra Australia's Next G network operates in
the 850MHz range and is expected to reach speeds of 100 Mbps over the next few

    About ZTE

    ZTE is a leading global provider of telecommunications equipment and
network solutions. The ZTE product range is the most complete in the world -
covering virtually every sector of the wireline, wireless, service and
terminals markets. The company delivers innovative, custom-made products and
services to over 500 operators in more than 140 countries, helping them to
achieve continued revenue growth and to shape the future of the world's
communications. ZTE commits around 10% of annual turnover to research and
development and takes a leading role in a wide range of international bodies
developing emerging telecoms standards. It is the fastest growing telecoms
equipment company in the world, and is China's only listed telecoms
manufacturer, with shares publicly traded on both the Hong Kong and Shenzhen
Stock Exchanges. In the Asian Wall Street Journal's Readers' Survey 2007, ZTE
was among the 'Top 10 Most Admired Companies in China', the only company that
was included in the Top 10 list representing the telecom industry. ZTE was
awarded the "Most Promising Vendor of the Year" by Frost & Sullivan in its
2007 Asia Pacific ICT Awards, and was reported as the fastest growing telecom
equipment and solutions provider among the major telecom vendors worldwide by
IDC in 2007. ZTE was included in BusinessWeek's 2006 ranking of China's Top 20
Brands. For more information, please visit http://www.zte.com.cn.

    About CSLNWM

    CSLNWM is Hong Kong's first and leading mobile network operator. It is
also the first mobile company in Hong Kong to employ a distinctive market
segmentation strategy and it uses leading-edge technologies to provide
customer-focused services through segmented brands: 1O1O, one2free and New
World Mobility.  It operates a world-class GSM / WCDMA network through which
it offers comprehensive post and pre-paid mobile services to both local and
international customers. CSLNWM is also the leading roaming operator in Hong
Kong to provide unmatched international multi-media connectivity with more
than 400 mobile operators around the world. For more information, please visit
http://www.hkcsl.com. CSLNWM is a subsidiary of Telstra Corporation Limited,
Australia's leading telecommunications and information services company

    About Telstra

    Telstra Corporation Ltd is Australia's leading telecommunications and
information services company, with one of the best-known brands in the
country. Telstra is the only true media communications company in Australia
that can provide customers with a fully integrated telecommunications
experience across fixed line, mobiles, broadband (BigPond(R)), information,
transaction and search (Sensis(R)) and pay TV (FOXTEL). By using an integrated
suite of network and media assets, Telstra is creating a world of 1-click,
1-touch, 1-command, any screen solutions that are integrated, operate in
real-time, and are simple, easy and valued by customers. Telstra's
international businesses include CSL New World Mobility Group, one of Hong
Kong's leading mobile operators; TelstraClear Limited, the second largest full
service carrier in New Zealand; Reach Ltd, a provider of global connectivity
and international voice and satellite services and SouFun Holdings Limited, a
leading real estate and furnishings website in China.

    For more information, please contact:

     Margrete Ma
     ZTE Corporation
     Tel:   +86-755267-75207
     Email: ma.gaili@zte.com.cn

     David Aitken
     CSL Limited
     Tel:   +852-2883-3626
     Email: david.aitken@hkcsl.com

     Paula Muezerie
     AxiCom PR
     Tel:   +44-20-8392-4050
     Email: paula.muezerie@axicom.com

For further information:

For further information: Margrete Ma, ZTE, +86-755267-75207,
ma.gaili@zte.com.cn; David Aitken, CSL Limited, +852-2883-3626,
david.aitken@hkcsl.com; Paula Muezerie, AxiCom PR, +44-20-8392-4050,
paula.muezerie@axicom.com; Web Site: http://www.zte.com.cn,
http://www.hkcsl.com, http://www.telstra.com.au

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