China Unicom, Ericsson Cooperate to Drive Innovation & Early Application of 5G

China Unicom, Ericsson Cooperate to Drive Innovation & Early Application of 5G Image Credit: Ericsson

Ericsson and China Unicom have inked an MOU to collaborate on next-generation network architecture, including 5G, cloud and the Internet of Things (IoT), helping to drive innovation and early application of 5G mobile network technology.

Under the terms of the MoU, Ericsson and China Unicom will cooperate on 5G standardization, research into key technologies, joint testing and joint promotion of software-defined networking (SDN) projects in standardization groups and SDN solution verification. Both companies will also embark on detail studies of network visualization and 5G network slicing. 

Ericsson claims that its 5G Radio prototypes, designed for operator field trials, are already achieving more than 25Gbps mobile throughput. 

Guanglu Shao, Vice President, China Unicom
Ericsson is a long-term strategic partner of China Unicom. As the transformation toward next-generation networks approaches, we hope to strengthen the partnership with Ericsson, the world-leading company, in technology and business development - especially in 5G, IoT and cloud - in order to win the future.

Chris Houghton, Head of Region North East Asia, Ericsson
With Ericsson's industry leading technology, portfolio and global experience, China Unicom will be more competitive in networks and get ready to embrace the opportunities of network transformation.

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