SHENZHEN, China, Aug. 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/. ZTE Corporation (0763.HK / 000063.SZ), a major international provider of telecommunications, enterprise and consumer technology solutions for the Mobile Internet, reported a 29.8% surge in first-half net profit, powered by growth in the company's mobile network and smartphone businesses.
Net profit attributable to holders of ordinary shares of the listed company jumped to RMB 2.29 billion in the first six months, according to ZTE's results announcement today. Basic earnings per share increased to RMB 0.55. First-half revenue increased 13.1% to RMB 54.01 billion.
ZTE's R&D spending increased to RMB 6.68 billion in the first half, or 12.4% of revenue. This takes the company's R&D spending past RMB 10 billion in the past 12 months, as ZTE focuses on innovations in 5G, IoT and cloud computing to sharpen its overall competitiveness. In March 2017, the company was ranked No. 1 in the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)'s latest annual list for patent applications, reflecting the company's increased focus on research and development of next-generation technologies.
In the Carrier Networks division, accounting for 59.9% of revenue, ZTE is further strengthening its investment in key 5G technologies including wireless and 5G bearer networks. Underpinned by its leadership in 5G technologies, the company is committed to helping carriers deploy the latest network innovations and smoothly evolve from 4.5G networks, supporting the ongoing digital transformation of operators globally.
In Wireless Networks, ZTE's LTE portfolio has been named the only 'Leader' in the latest report issued by GlobalData. By virtue of its sustained innovations and leadership in 4G and 5G technologies, the company has made steady achievements in global markets, and has deployed over 60 Pre5G networks as well as 240 SDN and NFV networks globally.
In Wireline Networks, ZTE achieved breakthroughs in network virtualisation, 100G optical transmission, and next-generation optical access fields. ZTE has forged extensive partnerships with telecoms operators from Germany, Spain, Japan, Russia, Thailand and China in the field of fixed and bearer networks, thereby helping global operators, government and enterprises to realize the network transformation and value enhancement.
ZTE achieved a year-on-year growth of 41.7 percent in self-developed chip shipments in the first half of 2017. In the first half, ZTE's Pre5G multi-mode software baseband chips were shipped to top international operators, and the company's IoT chips have been put into interoperability tests with different vendors. ZTE takes the lead in applying VR broadcasting in large-scale social activities, and is the first to launch MaaP-based solutions in the industry. It completes the RCS interoperability tests with the three major telecoms operators in China, thereby speeding up the RCS commercial deployments in China. Also, the company launches uSmartAI, an intelligence robot solution.
In the Consumer division, ZTE posted growth in both operating revenue and gross profit. The company's handset sales channels cover over 160 countries and regions. ZTE is ranked fourth in the US smartphone market and ranks among the top five in countries including Australia, Germany, Canada and Spain. ZTE's terminal STB shipment gained a year-on-year increase of 15% in first-half, exceeding the annual shipments in 2016.
ZTE established its domestic Enterprise Business operations in 2017, which will focus on rail transit deployment, financing and government businesses. It will keep the first place in the domestic rail transit integrated communication market.
The company will keep on strengthening its investment in key technologies and important markets while strengthening in compliance management, in-house control and benefit of employees and shareholders. In April, the company issued stock options to more than 2,000 employees to boost incentives.
Looking forward, the company will be committed to becoming a pioneer in 5G technologies, taking the lead in standardization, technical perspective and commercialization. In future, the company will unswervingly strengthen its investment in two aspects - key technologies like 5G wireless and 5G bearer networks, and will focus on key markets and customers.
ZTE is a provider of advanced telecommunications systems, mobile devices, and enterprise technology solutions to consumers, carriers, companies and public sector customers. As part of ZTE's strategy, the company is committed to providing customers with integrated end-to-end innovations to deliver excellence and value as the telecommunications and information technology sectors converge. Listed in the stock exchanges of Hong Kong and Shenzhen (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A share stock code: 000063.SZ), ZTE's products and services are sold to over 500 operators in more than 160 countries. ZTE commits 10 per cent of its annual revenue to research and development and has leadership roles in international standard-setting organizations. ZTE is committed to corporate social responsibility and is a member of the UN Global Compact. For more information, please visit www.zte.com.cn.