Ericsson and China Unicom today announced a kind cooperative partnership wherein both the parties would work closely with each other to collaborate on 5G, network architecture, cloud and internet of things (IoT). Both the companies have signed an MoU in this regard.
The two companies aim to accelerate the development of next-generation network standardization and the maturity of network infrastructure, to establish cross-industry ecosystems and to foster innovation for new business. The agreement will help drive innovation and early application of 5G mobile network technology.
“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,” said Guanglu Shao, Vice President, China Unicom.
Chris Houghton, Head of Region North East Asia, Ericsson, says: “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.”
As per the MoU, Ericssona and China Unicom will work around next generation network for fixed mobile convergence, standardization of 5G, joint research and testing of key technologies, joint promotion of SDN projects and solution verification, besides putting major focus on mobile cellular IoT network end to end solutions and services.
This collaboration between Ericsson and China Unicom is expected to help drive innovation and early application of 5G mobile network technology. So far Ericsson has signed 20 such agreements with various operators and partners to work around IoT and 5G.