ZTE to Open Pakistan R&D Center

ZTE to open research and development and production facilities in Pakistan

April 7, 2005

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SHENZHEN, China -- ZTE Corporation, China's largest listed telecommunications equipment manufacturer and wireless solutions provider, is to open a 60,000 square metre facility on the outskirts of Islamabad in Pakistan as part of its growing presence in international markets.

The new centre will be the 12th R&D centre created by ZTE around the world and comes less than a month after the company announced similar plans in India.

"Pakistan is a very important market for ZTE. We already have excellent relationships with our customers and today's announcement further demonstrates our long term commitment and our desire to be close to our customers - offering them locally-based expertise when they need it," said Mr Hou Weigui, ZTE chairman.

"We are now one of the world's leading network solutions providers with year-on-year growth of 34%. Such performance can only be sustained with world-class customer support and presence and that is what this new facility will give us in Pakistan."

ZTE already has more than ten per cent of the fixed line market in Pakistan, while its wireless products are also increasing their penetration. Last December, ZTE built Pakistan's first NGN (next generation network) while a CDMA WLL (wireless local loop) network for local operator Telecard will eventually be enlarged to cover the whole country.

In neighbouring India, ZTE's new facility will manufacture CDMA, GSM, DSL and NGN equipment, as well as handsets. The news came just as a new study from Ernst and Young predicted that the Indian telecommunications network could become the second largest in the world within the next five years.

ZTE Corp.

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