June 14, 2022, Shenzhen, China – ZTE Corporation (0763.HK/000063.SZ), a leading international provider of telecommunications, enterprise and consumer technology solutions for the mobile Internet, today announced that it has won the exclusive tender for the 5G core network – location service offering (LSB) project of China Broadcasting Network Co., Ltd (China Broadnet).

ZTE will build two sites (active/standby) in Beijing and Nanjing for China Broadnet’s national LBS platform. When completed, the platform will provide all China Broadnet users with location-based service (LBS), covering the entire network.

Network elements (network elements) of location-based services are essential for operators. In addition to the emergency locator service, they also provide commercial locator apps for corporate customers. In the 5G era, positioning requirements are shifting from 2C consumers to 2B industry verticals, and there are more 5G high-precision positioning requirements. 5G LBS will be widely used in industrial scenarios such as factories, ports, mines, shopping malls and hospitals. As communication and positioning are implemented in one network, LBS, which is the core capability of 5G network, has attracted more attention from major operators and become a powerful service for operators to occupy the market 2B.

The 5G iLBS integrated positioning platform provided by ZTE supports 4G and 5G networks at the same time, which can help operators save investment and simplify operation and maintenance. Through the standard API (application programming interface), the platform’s positioning capability can also help operators build an industrial ecosystem.

In addition, ZTE’s 5G iLBS positioning platform can be deployed flexibly according to customer requirements. It supports both unified deployment and distributed deployment of the whole network. At the initial stage, 5G positioning requirements, in terms of positioning accuracy and latency, are not particularly high, and a single platform can be built nationwide to meet these requirements. However, for high demand scenarios such as business parks, factories, mines, subways and hospitals these days, GMLC/LMF (Gateway Mobile Location Center/Location Management Function) can be integrated into the private network 5GC or be deployed in the MEC (Mobile Edge Computing). Thus, sensitive data can be kept in the fleet and high-precision meter-level positioning can be implemented.

In the future, ZTE will actively support China Broadnet in the commercial deployment and construction of 5G networks. The two parties will commit to accelerate the implementation and large-scale application of 5G LBS scenarios to jointly promote service development and build a commercial benchmark for 5G LBS service.