Datang, like the Tang dynasty that inspired the name, exits with remarkable achievements. The Tang Dynasty introduced woodblock printing and many of the first manuscripts. The Tang poets remain admired after a millennium. Datang has played a crucial role in wireless since developing the TD-SCDMA standard before 2007*. That was extended to 4G TD-LTE, which is the basis in turn for much of mid-band 5G. In fact, when the technology was developed for wireless in the 3.5 GHz band, it was called TD-LTE.
Datang was so important in wireless standards that only three weeks ago Qualcomm signed a major agreement with them (below.) They have thousands of patents; it is probably impossible to build a 5G network without using Datang patents. (Huawei and ZTE also have primary patents on advanced wireless.)
Datang is still known for test and measurement equipment, but at $3B sales/year was too small to compete.
Huawei spends $15B/year on research. ZTE spends $2B. Ericsson and Nokia also spend $billions. 5G networks are so complicated there are over 3,000 essential patents in the standards. They require teams of thousands of engineers.
FiberHome is based inland in Wuhan. It's one of the largest optical manufacturers and claims many world firsts. Both are state-owned companies with some private ownership.
The merged company will be renamed China Information and Communication Technology Group Co., Ltd. or “China Xinke Group." (Google Translation)
* TD wireless grew from a 1993 paper by Stanford Professor Arogyswami Paulraj and his student Guanghan Xu. Soon after, Paul invented MIMO, now the most important technology in "5G." Guanghan Xu went on to Navini Networks and then returned to China to work at Beijing Zinwei. He did well enough to endow a Stanford Professorship in honor of legendary theorist Thomas Kailath.
Here is the very recent announcement of Datang and Qualcomm as well as the official announcement of the new company.
Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated and Datang Mobile today announced collaboration on 5G NR Interoperability and Development Testing (IODT) in 3.5 GHz band based on 3GPP Release 15 specifications. The testing will utilize 3GPP 5G NR spec compliant base stations from Datang Mobile and user equipment (UE) from Qualcomm Technologies.
A 5G NR IODT is the foundation to enable the interoperability between the UE, radio access network and core network, and an essential step toward 5G commercialization and deployment at scale. The IODT between Qualcomm Technologies and Datang Mobile aims to accelerate the rollout of 5G NR commercial deployments in 2019.
“The efforts to achieve a successful 5G NR IODT with global leading mobile companies such as Qualcomm Technologies and Datang Mobile are essential to driving the commercial launches of standard-compliant 5G NR networks and devices in 2019,” said Durga Malladi, senior vice president, engineering, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “Qualcomm Technologies is committed to the continued success of China’s wireless industry, and we are excited to work with Datang Mobile to accelerate 5G commercialization in China.”
“Datang Mobile is devoted to the development of 5G standards, technologies, commercial equipment and solutions, and has been working with industry partners on the 5G commercial launches,” said Sun Xiaonan, executive vice president, Datang Mobile. “We are pleased to join hands with Qualcomm Technologies to work on the 5G NR IODT, and we look forward for the further cooperation with Qualcomm Technologies to drive the maturity of 5G products and the success of 5G industry.”
As a “national player” in the telecommunications industry, Datang Mobile has boasted comprehensive deployments in 5G key technologies, standardization, industry upgradation, and ecosystem construction, leveraging its rich experiences in 3G and 4G. It has achieved multiple leading results and significantly contributed to the development of 5G in China.
Qualcomm Technologies is a world leader in 3G, 4G and next-generation wireless technologies, and is now leading the world to 5G while supporting the evolution and expansion of the 5G ecosystem. It launched several 5G NR prototype systems that are compliant with 3GPP specifications and has achieved 5G interoperability with a wide range of ecosystem members globally. Based on its commercial 5G solution, the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ X50 5G modem, Qualcomm Technologies is working with dozens of global operators and OEMs for the launches of the world's first 5G networks and devices expected in 2019.
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About Datang Mobile
Datang Mobile is a core subsidiary of the Datang Telecom Technology and Industry Group (more commonly referred to as the Datang Group), a large high-tech group of companies under the auspices of the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council (SASAC). As the creator and core IPR holder of TD-SCDMA (international 3G standard) and TD-LTE (international 4G standard), Datang has been a market leader in promoting the industrialization and commercialization of the technology. Datang is also a leader and supporter of the international 5G standard, technology and application.
As a key contributor to the global TDD technology and standard, Datang has accumulated a large number of TDD-related patents in 3G/4G. In regard to new 5G key technologies, Datang has been an industry leader in multiple core technologies including Massive MIMO, new multiple access technologies, and ultra-dense networks. Datang is also an active participant of the 5G system design. In particular, for TDD system design, the length-variable dynamic TDD frame structure design proposed by Datang has been accepted into the 5G standard as a core technology for 5G physical layer protocol design. In regard to 5G standardization, Datang is a core member of the IMT-2020 (5G) Promotion Group in China, and has participated in standard organizations such as the ITU and the 3GPP, and hold multiple leadership positions including the chairmanship of ITU 5G technology evaluation group, which is a core position of ITU 5G standardization.
FiberHome and Datang implement the joint reorganization to create a new giant
On June 27th, 2018, as announced, FiberHome and Datang Telecom will be officially united and reorganized.
A new company namely China Information and Communication Technology Group will be set up accordingly, with FiberHome and Datang Telecom as its’ sub companies. The headquarter of the new company will be set up in Wuhan, previous FiberHome’s headquarter.
As the biggest enterprise in China’s optical valley, FiberHome is the cradle of China’s optical communication and the leading ICT solution provider in the world. With over 40 years’ evolvement, FiberHome has developed 3 strategical areas of telecommunication: optical communication, wireless communication as well as ICT solution. It’s the only company in the world who owns three strategic technologies in fiber-optic communication: optical fiber, optical component and optical network.
Datang Telecom on the other hand, has long been China’s major player for the wireless communication industry. Its solutions include wireless communication, integrated circuit design and special communication. As the main stream supplier in TD-SCDMA market, it also plays an important role in China’s 5G construction.
With the combined strength of FiberHome and Datang Telecom, the new united company will focus on industry’s latest communication technology in broadband construction, 5G and information security. In 5G era, fiber-optical network and wireless network will gradually merge into a unified end-to-end network with the blurring boundaries. We can foresee this new combined company will play an important role in next generation telecommunication network. It will work together with it’s global partners to ease people’s everyday communication and make everything connected.