Bringing you closer

The company

ZTE is a leading global provider of handset devices and telecommunications equipment. We are one of the top rated high-tech enterprises in the world developing and producing 2G, 3G and 4G handsets. As well as manufacturing mobile devices such as smartphones in over 150 countries, the company delivers innovative products business solutions. It connects global customers via voice, data, multimedia and WLAN. Founded in 1985, ZTE is listed on both the Hong Kong and Shenzhen Stock Exchanges and is China’s largest listed telecoms equipment company.   
  • World’s 4th largest mobile phone manufacturer and growing
  • Supply innovative smartphones to provide a world of entertainment in your hands
  • Shipped 17.7 million handsets in second quarter of 2012, among which eight million are smartphones (IDC)
  • Has sold over 350 million phones worldwide
  • Global company operating in 150+ countries
  • Ranked No.1 globally in international patent applications in 2011
  • Build the concept of "going green" into all of our products; minimising CO2 emissions

Business growth

ZTE’s 2011 revenue led the industry with a 29% increase to USD 13.7 billion. ZTE’s overseas operating revenue grew 30% to USD 7.42 billion, accounting for 54.2% of overall operating revenue. ZTE’s systems and equipment have been applied by leading operators in markets around the world. In 2011, ZTE’s handset product sales continued to grow, with operating revenue of USD 4.27 billion, up 60.4% from the previous year. 400% year over year smartphone growth. According to industry analyst IDC, ZTE was ranked the world's No.4 in terms of handset shipments in Q1 2012 with handset shipment of 19.1 million and market share of 4.8%.


By the end of March 2012, ZTE has applied for 6,631 internal patent applications and 2,434 international patents in the handset area. According to the analysis report of the State Intellectual Property Office Patent Examination Cooperation Center, ZTE ranks the top of the Chinese companies that owns nearly 1,000 smartphone patents.

UN Global Compact

ZTE is a member of the UN Global Compact. The company is committed to a vision of balanced, sustainable development in the social, environmental and economic arenas. It promotes communications freedom around the globe. The company has incorporated innovation, technological convergence and the concept of "going green" into the product life cycle. This includes R&D, production, logistics and customer service. The company also is committed to maximising energy efficiency and minimizing the CO2 emissions.


ZTE is committed to providing customers around the world with innovative technologies. The company has established 18 state-of-the-art R&D centres in the China, France, India and employs over 30,000 research professionals. Ten per cent of the company’s annual revenue is invested in R&D. In addition, ZTE cooperates with its top-tier industry chain partners to build laboratories focused on developing technological breakthroughs. ZTE ranked No.1 among global companies in terms of PCT patent filings in 2011 with 2,826 total applications. Also, the company ranked No. 1 in China in terms of the domestic patent authorisation and applications. With 107 subsidiary organisations globally, ZTE wins the trust of global clients through its devotion to innovation, customisation and high-quality services.

Community programmes

Active in community programmes, ZTE participated in relief efforts related to the 2004 tsunami in Indonesia, the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and 2008 earthquake in Sichuan, China. ZTE also established the ZTE Special Children Care Fund, the largest charity fund in China.

ZTE in the future

In the future ZTE will continue to forge the development of the global telecommunications industry. The company is committed to overcoming challenges and driving innovation in the ever-changing telecommunications landscape.