RCR Wireless News reports that Swedish vendor Ericsson and Japanese company Fujitsu have struck a partnership agreement aimed at delivering end-to-end 5G network solutions and related services in Japan. The two companies said they aim to develop new 5G solutions under the strategic partnership by working to integrate their current portfolios. Initially, Ericsson and Fujitsu will target the Japanese market before expanding the remit of their collaboration to other markets across the globe.
The Japanese manufacturer has set out its stall to promote open standards activities driven by major telecommunications providers and aims to achieve broad interoperability for its radio access products in global markets. For its part, Ericsson has been working with Japanese operators to trial 5G technology. In September 2017 it partnered SoftBank on plans to conduct a joint trial of 5G in the 4.5GHz band in urban areas of Tokyo. The trial includes virtualised radio access network and evolved packet core RAN, beamforming, massive MIMO functionality and support services. Meanwhile, at the end of last year it signed an agreement with KDDI (au) to develop proof of concept in the 4.5GHz frequency band – seen as a key candidate band for 5G in the country – in a number of cities across Japan.