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China Unicom and Ericsson to Cooperate on 5G, Cloud and IoT 

Ericsson and China Unicom have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on next generation networks.

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.

Under the terms of the MoU, Ericsson and China Unicom will cooperate on network architecture, 5G, cloud and the Internet of Things (IoT), including:
•Next-generation network architecture for fixed mobile convergence
•Cooperation on 5G standardization, research into key technologies and joint testing
•Studies of network visualization and 5G network slicing
•Joint promotion of software-defined networking (SDN) projects in standardization groups and SDN solution verification
•Mobile cellular IoT network end-to-end solutions and services
•Support China Unicom's 'Focus Strategy', commercial network evolution solution and low-cost coverage solution deployment and practice.

Guanglu Shao, Vice President, China Unicom, says: "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."

Source: Cellular News