ZTE, SoftBank launch high-speed 102Z router
ZTE is to release a next-generation high-speed 4G WiFi router in cooperation with Japanese operator SoftBank. The router, called the SoftBank 102Z, was developed by ZTE and will be available in August. Its sleek design resembles an ultra-slim mobile phone. It has a download speed of up to 76Mbps on SoftBank’s 4G AXGP high-speed network and can support ten connecting terminal devices simultaneously, making it ideal for home networking. The router also has a lithium ion battery with a capacity of 2800mAh and seven hours of battery life. The ZTE-designed SoftBank 4G AXGP high-speed network is illustrative of ZTE’s innovation in 4G. Its expansion in Japan is due in part to its R&D and application capabilities. The company has launched several tailor-made 4G terminal products in cooperation with SoftBank over the past two years, including the high-speed USB SoftBank 004Z data card in February 2011 and the SoftBank 006Z wireless router in June 2011. Among all vendors, the company also possesses 7 per cent of global patents in the area of 4G.