ZTE is the world's fourth-largest smartphone-maker and has carved out a niche in the smartphone market for its range of handsets that combine affordable price points with the kind of features that you'd only normally find on a much more costly handset.
ZTE's range takes in Android phones, Windows-powered models and dual core processor-toting handsets that excel at multi-tasking. ZTE also manufactures phones with support for next-generation 4G network technology to allow users to surf the web at super-fast speeds.
ZTE was founded in 1985 under the aegis of the Chinese government as Zhongxing Telecommunication Equipment Corporation.
The company's interests are spred across a range of fields, including wireless, exchange, access, optical transmission and data telecommunications gear. The company's infrastructure products have been sold to a range of European network operators, including Vodafone.
Latterly, it has also started developing telecommunications software and manufactures mobile phones, which have often been rebranded for networks.
In 2011, ZTE reached No. 3 spot for global market growth.