ZTE Corp is a telecom equipment and systems company headquartered in Shenzhen in southern China. It is now one of the world's biggest telecom equipment makers, behind after Ericsson, Huawei, Alcatel-Lucent and Nokia Siemens.

So many smartphone launches to cover in China: is a bubble in the making?

Smartphones on show at the Global Mobile Internet Conference in Beijing this month. Photo: Reuters.

For tech reporters in China these days, time management is really challenging, thanks to the almost non-stop rounds of launches of all kinds of new products.

Wednesday, 29 April, 2015, 10:34am

Why a ZTE-Huawei lawsuit could be a good thing for Chinese tech innovation

ZTE is threatening to sue Huawei for violating two camera technology patents used in ZTE's smartphones, an accusation Huawei has denied. Photo: Reuters

Many Chinese technology companies have a mixed reputation on the world stage, frequently being accused by foreign competitors of copying technological solutions and product designs. However, up to now it has been rare to hear mainland tech firms level these types of accusations at each other.

26 Apr 2015 - 9:39pm

ZTE, Huawei could be heading for rare China court fight over smartphone patents

Huawei's Honor 4X phone. Photo: Xinhua

Two of China’s top telecoms equipment makers could become embroiled in an unusual, high-profile legal spat after ZTE accused larger rival Huawei of copying its technology.

26 Apr 2015 - 8:15am

ZTE to expand wireless charging facilities for Tesla-like electric buses across China

A China-made electric bus, among a new fleet of green cars rolled out across the mainland. Photo: Xinhua

Telecoms giant ZTE Corp is about to launch a wireless charging service for electric buses in several mainland cities, a step towards becoming a key player in the growing market of alternative-fuel vehicles.

4 Apr 2015 - 5:12pm 1 comment

China’s ZTE 2014 net profit soars 94 per cent on smartphones, 4G rollout

ZTE's logo is seen at a conference in Europe. Photo: Reuters

Chinese telecom equipment maker ZTE Corp posted a 94 per cent rise in 2014 net profit on Wednesday, in line with its own forecast, due to strength in its smartphone business overseas and high-speed 4G network division at home.

25 Mar 2015 - 7:53pm

ZTE faces long legal fight with Vringo over patents

Shenzhen-based ZTE is the country’s largest listed telecommunications equipment manufacturer. Photo: Reuters

ZTE might have to brace itself for a lengthy legal battle against Vringo’s lawsuits over patents in Europe and other parts of the world, lawyers said.

6 Feb 2015 - 10:09am

China's smartphone makers look to take on Apple and Samsung overseas

Lei Jun, chairman of Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi, with the Xiaomi Note. Photo: AP

Xiaomi, Huawei and ZTE adopt different strategies to sell affordable premium models outside their home market.

6 Feb 2015 - 10:11am 1 comment

ZTE to stoke competition in US smartphone market with Apple and Samsung

Cheng Lixin is aiming for the No 3 spot in the US. Photo: SCMP Pictures

ZTE Corp plans to stir up fresh competition in the United States smartphone market, where Apple's iPhone and Samsung Electronics' Galaxy have long dominated, by building up its brand as a quality product at an affordable price.

15 Nov 2014 - 5:13am

ZTE tests waters with inflight Wi-fi services

ZTE Corp has unveiled plans to offer experimental Wi-fi services on Air China flights between Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. Phoot: AP

Hoping the mainland will follow other markets and allow airline passengers to use mobile devices inflight, ZTE Corp has unveiled plans to offer experimental Wi-fi services on Air China flights between Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou.

12 Nov 2014 - 6:29am

ZTE first-half net profits seen speeding up on 4G network growth

The Blade L2 is ZTE's latest Android-based smartphone.

ZTE Corp, the largest listed telecommunications equipment supplier on the mainland, is expected to see a significant jump in revenue and profit, owing to the country's introduction of fourth-generation (4G) networks, industry experts say.

18 Aug 2014 - 4:01am

Move to metal casings for smartphones to benefit BYD Electronic, Ju Teng

Apple's use of metal casings, such as on this 5s model released last year, is set to be copied by more of its smartphone rivals. Photo: Reuters

Since Apple introduced an aluminium unibody design on the iPhone in 2012, few smartphone brands have followed suit by introducing metal casings for their flagship devices.

21 Apr 2014 - 6:45pm

Back in the black

ZTE plans to ship 60 million smartphones this year, of which about 40 per cent will be 4G models. Photos: Thomas Yau

Change is good for ZTE, according to Wei Zaisheng, chief financial officer at the world's fifth-largest telecommunications equipment supplier.

5 Apr 2014 - 1:56am

ZTE eyes new 'wearable' products amid increased push into 4G market

Despite its cost controls last year, ZTE's revenue fell by 10.56 per cent to 75.23 billion yuan. Photo: Reuters

ZTE staged a comeback by returning to profitability last year, as it plans to explore fresh opportunities in "wearable computing" devices, while pushing further into the fast-growing 4G network equipment and smartphone markets.

27 Mar 2014 - 5:07am

ZTE says 4G phones will drive growth

ZTE'S senior vice president Zhang Renjun forecast that 4G terminals available to users will increase by 10 times this year. Photo: Reuters

Chinese smartphone maker ZTE said the fourth generation network (4G) will be its main growth driver this year following Beijing's approval late last year for the country's three leading telecom operators to roll out 4G services based on a mainland-developed network standard.

17 Jan 2014 - 1:09am

Xiaomi, Huawei set 2014 targets, ZTE adjusts

Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun speaks at the launch of the new Xiaomi smartphone and Xiaomi Tv in Beijing on September 5, 2013. Photo: AFP

The start of a new year is seeing 2 of China's top smartphone and telecoms equipment makers lay out their new goals for 2014, with the fast-rising Xiaomi aiming to continue its explosive growth as the more mature Huawei targets more modest gains.

2 Jan 2014 - 12:55pm