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ZTE Helps BASE Company to Develop Their 3G Network in Belgium

ZTE Corporation (“ZTE”) (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A share stock code: 000063.SZ), a publicly-listed global provider of telecommunications equipment, network solutions and mobile devices, has announced that the 3G network supplied and developed by ZTE for BASE Company is the fastest 3G network in terms of Uplink and Downlink speeds in Belgium.

The assessment was made by Commsquare on the three mobile operators in Belgium during Q4 2013. Results are based on drive tests of 4,400km with 4,100 data service tests. The test results ranked BASE's 3G network as first in the average uplink and downlink rates, surfing/Web session success rate and fast accessibility to the network and services thanks to high performance of dual carrier feature for download and enhanced uplink feature (2ms TTI).

BASE Company, a Belgian subsidiary of Royal KPN N.V., is one of the three major mobile operators in Belgium. In 2012, ZTE became the exclusive 3G supplier for BASE Company to upgrade and modernize its 3G existing network. The newly-built 3G network provides excellent performance to drive user growth. In addition, as exclusive 4G&EPC supplier, ZTE helped BASE Company to launch LTE services in 15 cities since 1st Oct 2013. Today about 4.4 million Belgians are covered by 4G.

“At BASE Company we know that our customers expect three things from their operator: a good price, a good service and a good network. Over the last years we made significant investments in our mobile network bringing the company to the unique position in Europe of being a mobile challenger that combine a leading position in price, service & network. Today, BASE Company is the undisputed number one when it comes to speech quality. In terms of speed, we offer the fastest 3G network in Belgium”, said Jos Donvil, CEO at BASE Company.

"BASE Company is an important customer for ZTE. It has high requirements for providers and partners. We deliver efficient and innovative solutions that help to improve BASE Company’s network. European network operators, whose networks were built or upgraded with the help of ZTE, have repeatedly received top ratings by independent auditors in recent years. We are proud that we can continue this series," said Li Jun, General Manager of ZTE in Benelux and Germany.

About ZTE

ZTE is a publicly-listed global provider of telecommunications equipment and network solutions with the most comprehensive product range covering virtually every telecommunications sector, including wireless, access & bearer, VAS, terminals and professional services. The company delivers innovative, custom-made products and services to over 500 operators in more than 160 countries, helping them to meet the changing needs of their customers while growing revenue. ZTE commits 10 per cent of its annual revenue to research and development and has leadership roles in several international bodies devoted to developing telecommunications industry standards. ZTE is committed to corporate social responsibility and is a member of the UN Global Compact. The company is China’s only listed telecom manufacturer that is publicly traded on both the Hong Kong and Shenzhen Stock Exchanges (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A share stock code: 000063.SZ). For more information, please visit www.zte.com.cn.

About BASE Company

BASE Company is a fully-owned subsidiary of Royal KPN N.V., whose headquarters are located in Brussels. At the end of December 2013, BASE Company recorded a ~21% service revenue market share. In 2013, the company’s total revenues amounted to EUR 728 million in Belgium, with an EBITDA of EUR 192 million and 922 employees. The company is mainly active in the field of mobile telephony via the brands BASE and BASE business. It also provides digital television, Internet and fixed telephony services through its SNOW brand. BASE Company follows a segmented customer targeting approach and distributes its products and services via 75 BASE shops, 80 ALLO shops, online and indirect channels.

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