ZTE, China Mobile deploy NodeEngine's 5G positioning system

Chinese telecom vendor ZTE announced on Monday that it assisted local rival China Mobile in launching the operator’s first NodeEngine powered 5G integrated high-precision positioning commercial case in Guangzhou. 

This step follows the first collaboration between the Chinese operators. Earlier in February, ZTE and China Telecom implemented the industry’s first NodeEngine pilot, in one of Yanghzhou’s commercial networks. 

The current commercial case for Grandview Mall in Guangzhou employs ZTE’s NodeEngine powered 5G high-precision positioning solution. 

“Only by inserting an additional board in existing BBU, the 5G integrated high-precision positioning system for the grand mall can achieve seamless indoor and outdoor coverage with positioning accuracy of up to sub-meter level,” ZTE said in a statement.  

ZTE considered that the new deployed system is well compatible with industry-leading positioning solutions such as Bluetooth/UWB, providing unified and efficient LBS (location-based service) for upper-layer service applications, as well as open API interfaces for third-party apps to interconnect. 

Furthermore, the new technology can provide accurate shopping location navigation service for 5G terminal users, according to ZTE.  

The new project between ZTE, China Mobile, and Grandview Mall aims to improve 5G+ digital business solution and empower new marketing and retail industries. 

It’s worth mentioning that ZTE, the Guangzhou Branch of China Mobile, and Grandview Mall are among the first group of 20 members of Guangzhou 5G+ Digital Business Alliance, which aims to jointly promote 5G commercial applications and develop overall 5G+ intelligent business solutions.