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China's biggest publicly traded maker of telecom equipment, ZTE is traded on the stock exchanges in Shenzhen and, as of December, 2004, Hong Kong. The company's Hong Kong IPO raised $400 million, and ZTE hopes to use some of the money to expand its business outside China.

Started in the mid-1980s as an offshoot of China's aerospace ministry, ZTE lately has had a lot of success in the developing world, selling CDMA equipment to operators in such places as Brazil, Egypt, Mongolia, and Russia. On June 7, China's official Xinhua news agency reported that ZTE plans to build a mobile-phone factory in Zambia. The company is expanding in wealthier countries, too. On June 3, the company announced the opening of its U.S. headquarters, in Dallas. And ZTE is still pushing hard in its home market. On June 7, it announced that it had joined forces with China Telecom, one of two state-owned operators of fixed-line networks, to build next-generation networks in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and other major Chinese cities.

Company Info

Revenues* $2.6 BILLION
Revenue Growth 24.6%
Return on Equity 18.4%
Total Return14.1%
Profits* $153.6 MILLION
All figures are for the most recent available 12 months.

* Latest available data for the 12-month period ended Dec. 31, Jan. 31, Feb. 29, Mar. 31, or Apr. 30. For companies that do not report quarterly, the most recent annual data were used.

Data provided by Standard & Poor's Compustat, BusinessWeek

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Company Snapshot

ZTE Corp. provides telecommunications equipment for telecom carriers worldwide. It specializes in network solutions for telecom carriers. The company develops and manufactures telecommunications equipment for fixed, mobile, data and optical networks, intelligent networks, and next generation networks, as well as for mobile phones. Its main product lines include switching, access, transmission, mobile communications, data communications, and videoconferencing. The company’s products are deployed in approximately 40 countries and regions, including Cyprus, Bangladesh, Thailand, the United States, Russia, Egypt, Kenya, Congo, Zambia, and Hong Kong. ZTE Corporation was established in 1985 and is headquartered in Shenzhen, China.

No. of Employees


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Yimin Yin

Yimin Yin


Yimin Yin serves as the Chief Executive Officer of ZTE Corp. From 1997 to 2004, Mr. Yin served as the Vice President and then the Senior Vice President of ZTE Corp. and was in charge of different divisions such as R&D, marketing, sales and handsets operations. Mr. Yin is a senior engineer and graduated from Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications in 1988 with a Master of Science degree in Engineering, specializing in telecommunications and electronic systems.