News Article | April 27, 2017
We've taken a look at the five fastest front-drive cars around the Nurburgring Nordschleife Since the Renault Megane RS Trophy set its 8:07.97 lap of the Nurburgring North Loop in 2011, hot-hatch manufacturers have been working fiendishly to one-up each other. The latest front-wheel drive warrior to set a new record is the Honda Civic Type-R, but the past few years have been such a record-breaking rollercoaster we thought it was worth taking a look at the hyper-hatches that have lapped before it. Seat has a small, er, seat at the table in the world of hot hatches, but the Leon Cupra punches well above its weight on the Nurburgring. Thanks in part to its powerful 280-hp (209-kW) engine, the angular Spaniard set a 7:58.4 time around the track back in 2014 to sit at number five on this list. To make sure it could stand up to the Green Hell, as the fearsome German track is known, the team at Seat also gave the Cupra a set of 30 mm (1.2 in) bigger brakes, and special 19-inch wheels finished in an eye-searing shade of orange. The record-setting car also made use of sticky Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires. Although it started the Great Hot Hatch Pissing Contest back in 2011, Renault has been slowly sliding down the ladder to fourth place since the Trophy-R set its 7:54.36 time in 2014. Compared to some of the other cars on this list, the Megane is a bit of a one-trick pony. Unlike the stock Civic, the Trophy-R has been relieved of its rear seats and air-con unit, both of which contribute to a massive 100 kg (220 lb) weight saving over the standard car. Renault has also gone to the trouble of fitting a roll cage, finished in red to match the wheels, front splitter and stickers. The turbocharged 2014 Civic Type-R signaled a huge departure from the formula that had always underpinned hot Hondas, so the company decided to compensate by making it the fastest, wildest, most over-the-top hot hatch the world had ever seen. With its four-cylinder engine producing 306 hp (226 kW), and a chassis set up to prioritize flat-out driving above all else, it should come as no surprise the Type-R set a storming 7:50.63 time around the Nurburgring. Along with its prodigious power, the Type-R benefits from a sophisticated aerodynamics package that, according to Honda, actually creates downforce at high speed. A clever dual-axis front suspension helped put the power to the road without torque steer, and drivers could tweak power delivery and steering weight using the +R button on the dash. We can only assume the car was in maximum attack mode when it set the record... Volkswagen is widely credited with creating the hot hatch, but the Golf GTI has never really been about outright track performance. Instead, it chases the middle ground, aiming to balance weekend fun with comfort and convenience for the daily commute. As you can probably imagine, comfort and convenience don't make for fast Nurburgring lap times, so the team at VW created the stripped-out Clubsport S to take on the Civic's time. Like the Megane Trophy-R in fourth-place on our list, the Clubsport S was put on a crash diet for its record tilt. The rear seats were removed, and VW replaced the standard wheels with lightweight units wrapped in sticky Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires. The turbo four-cylinder under the hood was boosted from 203 to 228 kW (272 to 306 hp), and the seat belts are now finished with a red stripe down the middle – which as everyone knows, is good for a couple of extra mph. The result is a 7:49.21 lap time, narrowly faster than the Honda Civic Type-R. Finally, we've arrived at the new king of Nordschleife performance. The team at Honda has upped the ante for its new Type-R, which stormed home in 7:43.80. That's 5.4 seconds faster than the VW Golf GTI Clubsport S, from a car with four doors and rear seats. Pretty impressive, right? What the Civic Type-R has going for it is weight, or a lack thereof. Even though it has the same 306 hp (226 kW) as the outgoing Type-R, Honda has managed to shed 35 kg (77 lb) from its curb weight for 2017. The new car also ditches the torsion beam rear suspension in favour of a more sophisticated multi-link setup. As always, there is likely to be some conjecture about the validity of the Type-R lap time, but Honda is adamant there was no funny business going on. The company says the development car used for the record attempt was on stock tires, and the (necessary) floating roll cage was set up so it didn't contribute any extra stiffness. The video below shows the full lap from go to whoa as captured by the in-car camera.
News Article | April 24, 2017
With a 7:43.80 lap time, the 306-horsepower turbocharged Type R snatches front-drive victory from the hottest VW GTI.
News Article | May 4, 2017
It shouldn't come as a surprise that automakers' engines aren't pushed to the limit from the factory. Honda's new 1.5-liter turbo I4 is promising, and it appears some simple ECU tuning can send its power levels through the roof. Hondata -- a company that's been tuning Honda computers for ages -- has a plug-and-play tuning solution for 2016-and-up Honda Civics equipped with that motor. $695 gives you everything you need to take your Civic to a qualified tuner and turn up the wick well beyond stock power levels. The FlashPro hardware also includes base tunes, in the event you don't want a tuner to apply a custom one. The final results depend on the individual tuner responsible for tweaking engine output, but Hondata's internal figures are promising. A manual-transmission 1.5-liter Civic can put out about 225 horsepower and 254 pound-feet of torque, a far cry from the 174 horsepower and 167 pound-feet of a base Civic. CVT models will see a lower output, but it's still pretty impressive at roughly 214 horsepower and 220 pound-feet of torque. What's most interesting about this arrangement is that both example tunes produce more power than Honda's own performance car, the 2017 Civic Si. The Civic Si will be rated at just 205 horsepower and 192 pound-feet when it goes on sale later this year. Many were quick to bash the Si for its output, which lags behind competitors like the Volkswagen Golf GTI and the Hyundai Elantra Sport. It's important to note that the Civic Si now packs more torque than before, and its curb weight is lighter than the competitors, but it will have to overcome the numbers game with some solid performance. While some of us wondered if the Si's output was the way it was because of the 1.5-liter turbo I4's limitations, but Hondata's tunes prove that there's plenty of power left on the table. Of course, it bears mentioning that leaving power on the table is probably intentional. Honda needs its engines to last a long time, or buyers will revolt and not purchase their cars, and tuning within safe parameters helps achieve that. Hondata's hardware may improve performance, but it could have an effect on the engine's longevity, and given how new it is, there's still a lot left to figure out in that regard. There's also the matter of what ECU tuning can do to your warranty -- namely, it can void it, especially if you drive into the dealership with the tune installed on the ECU. You can always reflash before taking the car into the dealer, but it's not a foolproof measure. Furthermore, you might need to add some supporting modifications to get the most power, and certain modifications can also void your warranty and cause the car to fail an emissions test. That's why Hondata's site is quick to note that its tuning solution for the 2016+ Civic is not for street use. Do users regularly run ECU tunes like this on the street? Yes. But will Hondata assume liability in the event something goes awry on the road? No. ECU tunes like these are a mixed bag. Sure, for $700 you can boost your Civic's output to surpass the Si and save thousands of dollars over just buying the Si, but it comes at the risk of sacrificing engine longevity and the all-important factory warranty. If that doesn't matter to you -- and for some enthusiasts, it really doesn't -- then by all means, tune away.
News Article | April 18, 2017
« Audi unveils 2nd battery-electric Audi concept in Shanghai; production in 2019; 3-motor “e-quattro” drive | Main | Toyota to begin demonstration tests of Mirai fuel cell vehicle in China » At the Auto Shanghai 2017 show, Volkswagen is revealing the I.D. CROZZ, its first electrically powered crossover utility vehicle (CUV)—a four-door coupe and sport utility vehicle (SUV) in one. This is the third version of the new battery-electric I.D. family, following the introduction of the I.D. in Paris in 2016 (earlier post) and I.D. BUZZ in Detroit in 2017 (earlier post). The all-wheel-drive I.D. CROZZ has 225 kW (302 hp) of output, a top speed of 112 mph (180 km/h) and can cover up to 311 miles (500 km) (NEDC) on one battery charge. Using a 150 kW (DC) fast charger, the high-performance battery can be 80% recharged within 30 minutes. The I.D. CROZZ is more compact and has a lower roofline than the all-new 2018 Tiguan, yet the CUV provides just as much space. Like the I.D. and I.D. BUZZ, the I.D. CROZZ is also based on the newly conceived Modular Electric Drive Matrix (MEB). The MEB models have a very long wheelbase, with compact powertrain components and a battery that lives under the floor. The interior space is generously proportioned and provides a true “Open Space”. The I.D. CROZZ illustrates the adaptability of the MEB architecture: the drive system components—two motors, the high-voltage battery and the electronics that link everything together—are incorporated into the car’s overall package. This gives the designers and engineers freedom to change the way in which the car is designed. The 83 kWh lithium-ion battery is housed in the CUV’s floor. This creates space and lowers the center of gravity to help handling and ensure ideal weight distribution. The two electric motors directly drive their respective axles. Normally, the rear wheels are driven, but as soon as additional traction is needed, an electric propshaft distributes the power between front and rear axle in fractions of a second. The I.D. CROZZ can be permanently driven with all-wheel drive when going off-road or in the snow. At the back the work is done by a compact 150 kW, 310 N·m motor, while at the front it is a 75 kW, 140 N·m coaxial drive system. The power electronics control the flow of high-voltage power between the motors and the battery, converting direct current (DC) stored in the battery into alternating current (AC). The on-board electronics are meanwhile supplied with 12 volts via a DC/DC converter. Because the battery is centrally integrated within the CUV and the motors are mounted at front and back, the I.D. CROZZ has an ideal 48:52 front:rear weight distribution. As a result, the I.D. CROZZ demonstrates handling characteristics like a Golf GTI’s. The multi-link rear and strut-type front suspension has electronic damping, with decoupled subframes that incorporate the drive system. The suspension facilitates great handling and top levels of ride and acoustic comfort. The layout of the front axle and the overall package at the front of the car also lead to a very small turning circle of 34.5 feet (10.5 meters). The I.D. CROZZ is 182.1 inches long, with a 109.2-inch wheelbase, and is 74.4 inches wide and 63.3 inches tall. The concept car offers similar interior space to the all-new 2018 long-wheelbase Tiguan, but is 3 inches shorter, 1.9 inches lower and 2.2 inches wider. Cockpit. The I.D. CROZZ is operated via self-explanatory touch displays, capacitive keypads, and voice and gesture control. The digital hub is formed by the electrically adjustable and retractable multifunction steering wheel, an Active Info Display, an electronic rear-view mirror (e-Mirror), the augmented reality head-up display, and a door panel. Integrated in the middle of the instrument panel is a 10.2-inch tablet that forms the infotainment system with an individually configurable home screen. It can be individually laid out via four different function-related tiles, such as ‘Messages’, ‘Media’, ‘Telephone’ and ‘Navigation’. Housing and screen merge seamlessly into one another. A new feature here is the ‘CleanAir’ menu, which shows information on the air quality and activates preconfigured climate settings. The steering wheel is an illuminated sensory surface with which the driver can switch from manual to fully automated (‘I.D. Pilot’) mode. This is done by touching the VW logo for three seconds. The steering wheel then retracts into a flush position within the dashpad. The traditional round shape is changed to a wheel with six rounded corners, creating a high-tech steering wheel. Integrated into the bottom section is an ‘island’ with illuminated capacitive fields that control things like: the ‘P’, ‘R’, ‘N’ and ‘D’ gears; turn signals; phone calls; playlists; and volume for the sound system. The driver receives all data relevant to driving, such as speed and visual navigation instructions, via the head-up display. Directions, for instance, are projected as virtual images 23 to 49 feet ahead of the car. A 5.8-inch Active Info Display shows information to the driver and can also be used, just like the tablet in the instrument panel, to view standard content such as the media library or satellite navigation map. The display uses three transparent layers to display the various types of information. Conventional rear-view mirrors are replaced by the e-Mirror. A monitor combines the data from three external cameras and transmits the images to the driver. Autonomous Driving. Activating the fully automatic ‘I.D. Pilot’ mode is done by touching the VW logo on the steering wheel for three seconds. The interior ambient lighting then switches from a white light (Drive) that aids concentration to a warm, relaxed magenta/violet. At the same time, the distribution of ambient lighting is extended to the rear seating area. Four laser scanners emerge from the roof in ‘I.D. Pilot’ mode. The I.D. CROZZ is able to detect other road users not only by means of its laser sensors, but also with the help of ultrasonic and radar sensors, side area view cameras and a front camera. Fully autonomous mode is deactivated by touching the Volkswagen logo on the steering wheel or by pressing the brake or accelerator pedal.
News Article | June 19, 2017
"GTI is honored to be partnering with Yangquan, a Global Fortune 500 company, to mature this innovative gasification system," says Eddie Johnston, Senior Vice President, GTI Research and Technology Development. "This breakthrough technology provides significant economic and environmental benefits for Yangquan's coal-to chemical processes." The R-GAS™ technology has been successfully operated at pilot-scale (18 tons per day) on sub-bituminous coal, bituminous coal, high ash fusion temperature anthracite coal, and petroleum coke-all with excellent test results. This testing has been conducted at GTI's pilot-scale facility located on an 18-acre campus right outside of Chicago, IL with more than 1,300 hours of hot fire testing achieved since commission of the pilot plant in December 2009. The most recent long-duration testing was completed in December 2016 with a very high ash fusion temperature anthracite coal, which is predominant in China. This series of tests validated the robustness of the R-GAS™ process, demonstrating the capability to achieve >99% carbon conversion even with this low rank coal. "Yangquan is one of the largest coal producers in China. This technology offers a step-change improvement in efficiency and cost over current gasification technology and is uniquely capable of gasifying China's low-rank coal," notes Mr. Zhai Hong, Chairman of Yangquan Group. "Coal is a leading energy choice in China, and finding the most cost effective and environmentally-friendly ways of using it will help to maintain its role as a vital contributor to our economy." The demonstration plant will validate long-duration reliability, operability, and capital costs. Commercial versions of the new gasifier will be about one-tenth the size of competing entrained flow technologies, and the compact size and advanced design features drive higher efficiency and lower cost. Capital expenditures are estimated to be 15-25% lower than the most economical entrained flow technology. The design enables rapid start-up and shut-down, feedstock flexibility-able to operate with all ranks of coal-and process optimization capability. R-GAS™ also consumes up to 30% less water and the higher efficiency results in lower overall emissions. Cost for electricity generation, chemicals, and liquid fuels production are estimated to be 15% to 25% lower compared with existing technologies. About GTI: GTI is a leading research, development and training organization that has been addressing the nation's energy and environmental challenges by developing technology-based solutions for consumers, industry, and government for more than 75 years. http://www.gastechnology.org About Yangquan Coal Industry Group: Yangquan Coal Industry Group is the 3rd largest coal/chemical company in China. In 2016, Yangquan Group's coal production capacity exceeded 76 million tons and produced coal-derived products in over 80 categories including chemicals and fertilizers. The Group generated US$28B in revenue in 2016 and ranked 374th among the Fortune Global 500 companies in 2016.
News Article | March 1, 2017
HONGKONG, 1. März 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Am 28. Februar fand in Barcelona auf dem Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2017 der GTI-Gipfel 2017 mit einem verlagerten Schwerpunkt auf gemeinsame Innovation für 5G statt. Er stellt einen entscheidenden Schritt für GTI 2.0 dar, die sich für die Weiterentwicklung von 4G und der Entstehung von 5G einsetzt, um eine komplett vernetzte Welt mithilfe branchenübergreifender Zusammenarbeit zu erschaffen. Der GTI-Gipfel wurde von wichtigen Führungskräften von Betreibern wie Vodafone, Bharti Airtel, China Mobile und Softbank, Anbietern sowie vertikalen Partnern besucht. Sie alle gaben ihre Einblicke und äußerten ihre Ansichten zu angesagten Themen wie 4G und deren Weiterentwicklung, der 5G-Strategie und neuen Möglichkeiten, die über branchenübergreifende 5G-Innovation geschaffen werden. Masayoshi Son, Vorsitzender & Geschäftsführer der SoftBank Group Corp, sagte hierzu: „Wir haben riesige Fortschritte bei der Entwicklung der 5G-Technik erzielt. Letztes Jahr (2016) war sich eine kleine Gruppe von uns innerhalb eines Tages einig, dass wir uns für die Entwicklung von High Power UE (HPUE) einsetzen werden. Dieses Jahr (2017) gibt 2.5 GHz HPUE seinen Einstand bei den besten Sprint-Geräten und kann laut Tests 99 % des 1.9 GHz LTE-Netzes abdecken. Dies hat uns einen Wert von 100 Milliarden USD beschert! In den kommenden 2 Jahren wird HPUE auf allen neuen Mobilteilen verfügbar sein. Im September 2016 verkündete SoftBank die erste weltweite Kommerzialisierung von Massive MIMO. Mit dieser Technik kann die zehnfache Datenkapazität gegenüber normalen Antennen erreicht werden. Ferner gab ARM (ein Unternehmen der SoftBank Group) letzte Woche bekannt, dass sie angesichts der baldigen Ära der 1 Billionen IoT-Anwendungen ab 2018 NB-IoT-Lösungen (Cordio-N) anbieten werden." LI Yue, Geschäftsführer von China Mobile erläuterte: „China Mobile hatte gegen Ende 2016 insgesamt 1,5 Millionen TD-LTE 4G Basisstationen und über 530 Millionen 4G-Netzkunden. 4G hat den Lebensstil verändert und 5G wird die Gesellschaft verändern. China Mobile hat in ihrer Big Connectivity Strategy verkündet, dass sie mit allen Branchenpartnern an neuen Technologien zusammenarbeiten möchten. Hierzu zählen 5G, IoT (Internet of Things) auf Mobilgeräten und die Umsetzung von V2X; eine neue Netzüberarbeitung über eine ICT-Konvergenz mit NFV/SDN; und ein neues System mit Fähigkeiten von offenen Plattformen." Li erwähnte zudem, dass „China Mobile das 5G Innovation Center gegründet hat, in dem gemeinsame Innovation für 5G mit branchenübergreifenden Partnern gefunden werden soll, um die komplett vernetzte Welt voranzutreiben." Johan Wibergh, Chief Technology Officer der Vodafone Group erklärte: „Beim Übergang von 4G zu 5G muss die Branche zusammenarbeiten, damit neue Funktionen und Dienste mit gleichen Standards entwickelt werden. Wir freuen uns auf die Zusammenarbeit mit Unternehmen und Organisationen unserer Branche, um neue Technik zu erforschen, zu entwickeln, zu testen und zu normieren." Xu Zhijun, rotierender Geschäftsführer von Huawei meinte hierzu: „GTI ist eine internationale und offene Branchenplattform, die globale Betreiber, Branchenorganisationen, Ausrüster, Endgeräte-Hersteller und diverse weitere erstklassige Branchenpartner umfasst. Die 5G-Ära bringt einen digitalen Wandel in allen Lebensbereichen mit sich. Mithilfe der GTI-Plattform können wir die Kraft der gesamten Telekommunikationsbranche bündeln, Hilfe für Regierungsbehörden und Branchenorganisationen anbieten, den Wissensaustausch anregen und neue Geschäftsmodelle mit diversen Branchenpartnern ausprobieren. Dies fördert zudem wichtige Forschungen zu 5G, ermöglicht vielfältige Anwendungen und treibt den digitalen Wandel für ein besseres Ökosystem weiter voran." „Indem wir 10 Jahre voraus denken und neue Maßstäbe setzen, erfinden wir ein Future-X-Netz, das zehnfache Verbesserungen in wichtigen Technikbereichen bietet", so Risto Siilasmaa, Vorsitzender von Nokia. „Wir vernetzen alles, alle Menschen, alle Systeme und alle Prozesse über ein Netz, in dem wir auf neue und hilfreiche Weise wertvolle Informationen finden und nutzen können." „Qualcomm Technologies hilft voller Stolz, die Welt auf einen Weg der rasanten Entwicklung und Umsetzung von 5G NR zu bringen, indem wir mit anderen Branchenexperten zusammenarbeiten", teilte Matt Grob mit, Executive Vice President und Chief Technology Officer von Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. „Wir werden weiterhin unser Fachwissen zu 3G und 4G anwenden, damit 5G erfolgreich wird und Mobilgeräte die Welt verändern werden." Da sich Connected Cars zu einem äußerst spannenden Anwendungsbereich von Mobilfunknetzen entwickelt hat, unterzeichneten GTI und 5GAA (5G Automotive Association) während des GTI-Gipfels eine Absichtserklärung. Sie verkündeten eine Erklärung für die Entwicklung der Cellular-V2X-Branche mit einem einheitlichen, innovativen und konvergierten System. Im Rahmen dieser Erklärung werden die Telekommunikations- und Automobilbranche eng zusammenarbeiten, um Anwendungsbeispiele und Nutzungsszenarien, Lösungen und Tests, Standards und Spektren sowie Geschäftsmodelle und Markteinführungsstrategien für Cellular-V2X (C-V2X) zu entwickeln. Dadurch soll ein florierender C-V2X-Markt aufgebaut und eine neue Ära der internetbasierten Fahrzeuge (Internet of Vehicle) eingeläutet werden. Neben der Vorantreibung der Weiterentwicklung von 4G zu 5G, um eine solide Grundlage von branchenübergreifender Innovation zu schaffen, verzeichnete GTI drei größere Erfolge: Zum einen das White Paper zur Future Spectrum Initiative, die als Hilfestellung für eine effiziente Spektrumnutzung dient, und zum anderen White Papers zu Massive MIMO und festen Funkdiensten, die für eine bessere Leistungsfähigkeit und Systementwicklung sorgen sollen. Außerdem macht es GTI Betreibern leichter, neues Geschäftswachstum zu erlangen und HPUE-Produkte und -Lösungen für Band 41 zu nutzen. Dies führt letztlich dazu, dass der Netzempfang in Funkzellenentfernung verbessert und Investitionskosten von Netzbetreibern gesenkt werden. Um bedeutende Branchenbeiträge und die GTI-Erfolge des Jahres 2016 zu würdigen, wurden auf dem Gipfeltreffen die GTI Awards vergeben. Samsung, Qualcomm und R&S wurden für ihr „innovatives technisches Produkt" ausgezeichnet. Huawei, ZTE und Keysight erhielten Auszeichnungen für ihre „innovative Lösung und Anwendung", da sie u. a. herausragende Erfolge bei HPUE, Massive MIMO, Uplink-Verbesserungslösungen erzielen konnten. Ferner wurden Preise an Bharti Airtel, KDDI und RJIO in der Kategorie „Marktentwicklung" verliehen, da sie entscheidende Erfolge bei der Verbreitung von TD-LTE und LTE TDD/FDD auf globaler Ebene verzeichnen konnten. Die in diesem Jahr neu eingeführten Ehrenpreise wurden an Prakash Bhart von Vodafone, Dr. Herkole Save von Sprint, Eric Ekudden von Ericsson und TDD-Teams von Nokia und Huawei vergeben, da diese Personen einen aktiven und umfassenden Beitrag zur GTI- und TDD-Branche leisteten. Die Global TD-LTE Initiative (GTI) wurde 2011 ins Leben gerufen, um an einem stabilen System für TD-LTE, einer beschleunigten Kommerzialisierung von TD-LTE und der Konvergenz von LTE TDD und FDD mitzuwirken. Mit dem Übergang von 4G zu 5G wurde auf dem GTI-Gipfel 2016 während des Mobile World Congress 2016 in Barcelona die GTI 2.0 verkündet. GTI 2.0 soll nicht nur die Weiterentwicklung von TD-LTE und deren weltweiten Umsetzung fördern, sondern auch ein starkes branchenübergreifendes, innovatives und synergetisches 5G-System schaffen.
News Article | March 1, 2017
BARCELONA, Spain, Feb. 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- ZTE Corporation (0763.HK / 000063.SZ), a major international provider of telecommunications, enterprise and consumer technology solutions for the Mobile Internet, today won the 'Innovative Solution and Application Award' at the GTI Summit...
News Article | February 25, 2017
Until now, the Toyota performance division Gazoo Racing Masters of Nurburgring (a.k.a. GRMN) hasnt been present outside the Japanese market. Now, however, Toyota plans to debut a Yaris GRMN at the Geneva Motor Show. Inspired by the World Rally Cross version of the Toyota Yaris, the Yaris GRMN is a high-performance subcompact hatchback. The Yaris GRMN will be powered by a supercharged 1.8-liter inline-four making 205 horsepower. While it may not sound like much, considering this Toyotas diminutive size, it should be plenty of muscle for the Yaris GRMN to compete with the Ford Fiesta ST and Volkswagen Polo GTI. (Both of these cars also happen to be debuting at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.) The Yaris GRMN will also pack upgraded brakes, suspension, and wheels to match the added power. No word on whether or not the Yaris GRMN will make it to American shores, but Toyota is reportedly hoping to start competing with Ford Performance and NISMOso we can only hope that GRMN also translates to "Stateside fun." This article was originally published on TheDrive.com
News Article | March 1, 2017
BARCELONA, Spain, March 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- ZTE Corporation (0763.HK / 000063.SZ), a major international provider of telecommunications, enterprise and consumer technology solutions for the Mobile Internet, today won the 'Innovative Solution and Application Award' at the GTI Summit 2017 for its enhanced Wireless Broadband (eWBB) solution, in recognition of its outstanding contribution to eWBB solution innovation and deployment. As an influential organisation within the TDD and 5G industry, boasting more than 120 operator members and 103 vendor partners, GTI is committed to building a global industrial platform for TDD and 5G, thereby facilitating the formation of a prosperous ecological chain. ZTE's practical eWBB solution is mainly used in two typical scenarios in existing networks. One is to provide fibre-like last-mile wireless access, supporting rapid network deployment to guarantee high return on investment (ROI). The other is to reduce data traffic in metropolitan areas (namely, operators' value areas), to ensure operators' competitiveness in capacity. Compared with traditional WBB solutions, the eWBB solution involves a variety of new measures for capacity enhancement and interference cancellation, including 4×4 MIMO, Massive MIMO, high-order modulation, Neat Cell, and Carrier Aggregation (CA). The eWBB solution also supports VPN and IPsec functions for enterprise applications, as well as Band 38/39/40/41/42/43 CPEs, data cards, and Pocket WiFi. Bai Yanmin, VP of ZTE said, "So far, ZTE has received GTI Awards for four consecutive years. These awards proved ZTE's continuous innovation and driving force in the TD-LTE field. This award for the eWBB solution is ZTE's fourth GTI Award for 'Innovative Solution and Application' following previous wins for its TDD/FDD integration solution, Massive Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO) solution, and Comprehensive Uplink Enhancement Solution. These solutions are not all disruptively innovative but more of them are flexible and practical to solve the problems in the existing networks. We are happy to see that these efforts are well accepted by our customers and acknowledged by GTI. In the future, we will work together with our partners in GTI to further enhance the development of TD-LTE industry." As a leading supplier of TD-LTE solutions, by the end of 2016 ZTE had built TD-LTE trial and commercial networks for 102 mobile operators in 54 countries worldwide, serving customers in Japan, the United States, India, Indonesia, China, Malaysia, the Philippines, Romania, Italy, and many other countries. ZTE will make continuous efforts to establish a solid R&D foundation and industrial structure for the development of the TDD market and industry, thereby promoting the evolution of TDD technology for a better role in the 5G era. 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 M-ICT 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 www.zte.com.cn.
News Article | March 1, 2017
HONG KONG, March. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- With shifted focus to joint innovation towards 5G, the GTI Summit 2017 was held on 28th Feb. at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2017 in Barcelona, as a significant milestone for the GTI 2.0 that strives for further promoting 4G evolution and 5G...