Previously known as Zhongxing Telecommunications Equipment Corporation, ZTE was founded by Hou Weigui in 1985, and is headquartered in Shenzhen, China. ZTE offers wireless, access, optical transmission, data telecommunication gear, mobile phones, and similar products.
Though most products are sold under the ZTE brand name, it is also an original equipment manufacturer for other companies. It is a top five smartphone manufacturer in its home market, and in the top ten worldwide. Most of its customer base is outside of China, and includes customers in the UK, Australia, and across the globe.