OPPO, the leading smartphone maker, has announced the launch of a 5G joint laboratory with Ericsson, a leading information and communication technology provider, which will serve to deepen the two companies’ collaboration in the area of 5G. Through the new lab, OPPO and Ericsson will also promote global collaboration, share with each other cutting-edge 5G technologies and help optimize 5G products and network performance to accelerate the large-scale deployment of 5G globally as stated by OPPO in its press statement.
“We are very excited to launch our 5G joint lab with Ericsson. The initiative leverages Ericsson’s advantages in 5G network and infrastructure technologies and its global operator channels with OPPO’s experience and expertise in 5G standards development, technologies, products and application scenarios,” said Andy Wu, VP of OPPO and President of Software Engineering. “We will work together to embrace the challenges and opportunities ahead in the 5G era in order to provide better 5G products and experiences for consumers around the world.”
“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.
OPPO and Ericsson have been working closely to contribute to the evolution of 5G technologies and have also signed a global patent license agreement, laying a solid foundation for their ongoing, in-depth collaboration in the 5G era. Since the third quarter of 2018, the two partners 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 as part of an effort to accelerate the commercial availability of 5G products. At MWC 2019 earlier this year, OPPO and Ericsson also partnered to showcase 5G smartphones and cloud-gaming scenarios to attendees, adds the statement of OPPO.
OPPO has been at the forefront of the development and popularization of 5G smartphones. In May 2019, OPPO launched its innovative Reno 5G model in Switzerland, making it the first 5G phone commercially available in Europe. The device has since been rolled out in the UK, Australia, Italy and other markets across the world to great acclaim. With 5G adoption on the cusp of scaling up, OPPO will also launch the world’s first Qualcomm-powered dual-mode 5G smartphone by the end of the year, offering an enhanced and more robust 5G experience to global users.
OPPO has further stated that in the new era of 5G intelligent connectivity, they will continue to invest in product development, technological research, standards and application scenarios for 5G and work with leading partners like Ericsson to explore the tremendous potential of 5G and bring its innovation value to consumers around the world.