Networking equipment manufacturer Ericsson and Chinese smartphone maker Oppo are establishing a joint lab in Shenzhen, China, that will focus on 5G technology.
China recently launched commercial 5G service and is expected to quickly become the largest market in the world for 5G services. This agreement will look to capitalize on 5G's substantial potential and network performance to help accelerate large-scale global deployment of 5G products.
The partnership will seek to bring new use cases and value to the market that are perhaps not even in existence at this point, Ericsson said.
Both companies have been working together on global patent licenses as well as running joint 5G tests on Oppo’s 5G handset and Ericsson’s 5G infrastructure with local operator partners in Sweden, Germany and China. Oppo and Ericsson also worked together with Swisscom and Qualcomm on its first 5G launch that took place in May.