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Chinese multinational vendor ZTE has announced a partnership agreement with US chipmaker Qualcomm at Mobile World Congress which will see the companies combine resources and expertise in an effort to accelerate the development of the 'connected car'.

ZTE and Qualcomm aim to drive the commercialization of cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) communications technology. These efforts build upon a broad industry commitment to help drive the commercialization of this technology for enhanced vehicular safety, improved traffic efficiency, and to pave the way for autonomous driving.

ZTE will demonstrate the future of connected car solutions at Mobile World Congress 2018 with an interactive demonstration at the ZTE booth.

Vice President of Product Marketing and Strategy at ZTE Mobile Devices, Jeff Yee, said that the collaboration with Qualcomm reiterated the commitment the Chinese telecommunications colossus has in relation to developing autonomous driving.

Yee said, "As a global industry leader, ZTE is committed to the development of technologies that will lead the way to the 5G, connected car, and IoT future. We are excited to deepen our relationship with Qualcomm Technologies as we develop and implement C-V2X wireless communication technology to drive the commercialization of C-V2X in the near future. Our deep understanding of end-to-end solutions enables us to be the first Chinese module manufacturer to announce a C-V2X module and test terminals based on the Qualcomm® 9150 C-V2X chipset, providing strong support for testing and commercialization of C-V2X. ZTE looks forward to working together with Qualcomm Technologies and the broad ecosystem in promoting the integration and development of C-V2X for improvements in driving safety, traffic efficiency, environmental protection, and autonomous driving."

ZTE is a global leader in 5G innovation, providing connectivity in more than 160 countries around the world. As a global leading provider of end-to-end network solutions, ZTE is able to provide a comprehensive approach and innovative solutions to pave the way for autonomous driving in the future 5G-era. ZTE is committed to the development and application of C-V2X wireless communication technologies such as C-V2X and 5G in the field of connected cars, focusing the connection service and providing an end-to-end solution. ZTE connected car solutions have been currently commercial in China with leading automotive companies, as well as in Europe and other segments.

"We are pleased ZTE has expressed their interest in accelerating C-V2X direct communications using the Qualcomm® 9150 C-V2X chipset," said Nakul Duggal, vice president of product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. "Qualcomm Technologies and ZTE have a long history of collaboration to provide innovative communication technology solutions. The Qualcomm 9150 C-V2X chipset solution is designed to allow low latency communications for Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V), Vehicle-to-Roadside Infrastructure (V2I), and Vehicle-to-Pedestrian (V2P) operations without the involvement of a cellular network by operating on a designed and harmonized 5.9 GHz ITS spectrum."

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