ZTE’s Location-Based Service Contract Will Be an Industry First and Important Step in the Right Direction for 5G Positioning

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By Mark Qi | 3Q 2022 | IN-6596


Bringing Location-Based Services to 5G Public Networks


ZTE has announced its winning bid to provide Location-Based Services (LBS) for China Broadnet, China’s fourth and newest telecoms provider, aiming to provide positioning services to support China Broadnet’s newly launched 5G network. The move represents what could be a much-needed shift in strategy from carriers investing in opportunities to leverage their network outside of connectivity, as a well as a landmark opportunity for 5G positioning on a public network.

Many Opportunities to Leverage Positioning


ZTE’s iLBS platform is built to target positioning applications for mobile devices over a cellular connection. While ZTE’s system is designed to flexibly support cellular generations, the system is being expanded to support 5G positioning alongside 4G and older iterations. For positioning, much of ZTE’s previous focus has been on other location technologies, while leveraging 5G for connectivity in private networks. Pilots of ZTE’s NodeEngine platform have used the incr…

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