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OPPO, Ericsson launch lab to boost adoption of 5G

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Luca Orsini, head of Networks and vice-president, MNEA, Ericsson, with Andy Wu, vice-president of OPPO and president of  Software Engineering, at the launch of the joint 5G lab. Luca Orsini, head of Networks and vice-president, MNEA, Ericsson, with Andy Wu, vice-president of OPPO and president of Software Engineering, at the launch of the joint 5G lab. Supplied

Chinese smartphone manufacturer OPPO and Swedish telecommunications equipment maker Ericsson have set up a joint 5G laboratory to collaborate more closely in the latest technology.

A statement from OPPO said the new laboratory would be used to promote global collaboration, share cutting-edge 5G technologies and optimise 5G products and network performance to speed the takeup of 5G around the world.

Michael Tran, managing director, OPPO Australia, said: “This joint 5G lab is another step in OPPO’s commitment to developing and realising the potential of 5G technology. As a leading adopter and innovator of 5G, we understand the importance of collaboration to harness the full capabilities of the new technology and explore the possibilities available in the 5G era.

“By working in partnership with an industry leader such as Ericsson, we have created a platform from which we can conceive, optimise and implement best in class standards of 5G functionality in Australia and beyond.

"It is our hope, through OPPO’s experience in new product and technology development along with Ericsson’s cutting-edge infrastructure, customers across Australia will soon have access to the highest quality 5G products and experiences.”

Tran added: “From multi-party 5G video calls and 3D video calls to faster movie streaming; AR, VR, and everywhere in between, we are determined to bring the seamless speeds and connectivity of 5G to Australian smartphones as we continue to innovate and deliver new experiences for our customers.”

“This partnership is of highly strategic importance for both Ericsson and OPPO. It will contribute to the diversity of the 5G ecosystem and benefit from the agility of both companies to bring new use cases and customer value to the market,” said Luca Orsini, vice-president and head of Networks for Market Area North East Asia at Ericsson.

The two companies have also signed a global patent licence agreement and, since the third quarter of 2018, have been running joint 5G tests on OPPO’s 5G handset and Ericsson’s 5G infrastructure with local operator partners in Sweden, Germany and China.

At MWC 2019 earlier this year, OPPO and Ericsson also partnered to showcase 5G smartphones and cloud-gaming scenarios to attendees.

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