Inasia 3/4/2016 | 7:18:47 PM
Follow Up Question  

I believe a follow up question regarding Ms. Chen's work history might have been enlightening. It seems that she worked for ZTE continuously from 1988 while also working part of the ensuing years at Bell Labs. Did Bell Labs know she had a continuous employment history with ZTE when she worked there? As below:

JC:Yes, but I've worked at ZTE for many, many years.

SS: How many years?

JC: I joined ZTE in 1988, and then went to America, to New York.

SS: Where were you working?

JC: I studied there, then after I graduated I worked at AT&T Bell for almost ten years. And then I came back to ZTE in 2002. I was in charge of wireless products R&D for more than ten years.

SS: ???



sowen557 3/1/2016 | 3:01:37 AM
ZTE is alive! They are always a distant 3rd in the Core and RAN discussions.  Lets hope they can improve and catch up with Ericsson and Huawei on the 5G vision.
bigladybug797 3/1/2016 | 2:19:23 AM
My opinion Very interesting article. I've read some content about ZTE, but this one has the most important informations. I wish ZTE to grow as fast as possible, but competition is really huge. Moreover, I appreciate your unique questions. Good job!
TV Monitor 2/29/2016 | 5:26:40 PM
Re: the best woman for the job SarahReedy

"Huawei and ZTE who tend to have a lot more women at the top then other companies."

You can thank Mao for that, it was Mao who pushed women into workplace and put a network of daycare for mothers to leave their 2 year olds behind and head to work. So China has a much stronger tradition of supporting working women than its Asian neighbors(Not necessaraily for gender equality, but to tap into female labor force), even compared to fellow Sinitic countries like Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan.

One child policy also meant that mothers had to deal with only one child in her life, and one child is easier to deal with two or three. If a woman has three children, then it becomes praticially impossible for women to work without a helping hand.

Women's equality aside, you are not going to see ZTE equipment in AT&T's network in 2020.
[email protected] 2/29/2016 | 4:54:25 PM
Virtualization is a concept that can not be standardized Virtualization is a concept that covers many different application scenarios. The understand of virtualization is quite different among different people. However, the need for standardization is about interfaces for interoperability. AT&T is driving for standard API (Application Programming Interfaces) among their vendors for a multivendor operation environment.
KBode 2/29/2016 | 1:52:59 PM
ZTE "2020 is a long way out. ZTE has a strategy to focus on the end user as well as our customer. From the end users' perspective, they need this type of service now. They need this kind of speed. That's why we have come out with a very good pre-5G solution."

Interesting read, thanks Steve. Would be nice to see some of these pre-5G solutions make their way stateside, given the recent report that pegged us 55th in overall 4G speeds (thanks largely to an early launch and obvious, heavy loads). 
Sarah Thomas 2/29/2016 | 11:37:35 AM
the best woman for the job Great interview! Really interesting to hear about ZTE's plans for growth, a deployment with AT&T and taking on the competition. I also appreciate you asking her about women in comms, Steve. I have heard her point of view echoed from other Chinese companies like Huawei as well -- that gender isn't ever factored in, but more so a focus on the best person for the job. I know a lot of people think this view is too narrow, but it seems to be working for both Huawei and ZTE who tend to have a lot more women at the top then other companies. These women are driving technology decisions, overseeing thousands of employees and are visible in the media and at trade shows. All are important!
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