Taiwanese multi-service operator Far EasTone (FET) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Sweden’s Ericsson under which it will establish what it claims will be the nation’s first 5G laboratory. According to the Taipei Times, the collaboration between the two companies is part of FET’s efforts to create an open 5G ecosystem, while it is looking to begin trials of next generation mobile technology in 2018, ahead of a commercial launch in 2020. Under the terms of the MOU, FET will set up its 5G laboratory in New Taipei City’s Banciao District in the next quarter, and, with a view to accelerating research progress, the facility will be open to hardware makers, software developers and platform developers.
‘We are seeking a clearer picture of the 5G business. The cooperation with Ericsson will help us be better prepared to offer 5G services,’ FET chairman Douglas Hsu was cited as saying.