ZTE, Softbank to test pre-5G technology in Japan next year

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2015-07-14 13:50:47 | Source:TeleGeography

China’s ZTE Corp announced last Friday that it has signed an agreement with mobile operator Softbank Corp to deploy its “pre-5G” technology in Japan via a commercial trial scheduled to take place in early 2016, reports Telecompaper.com on July 13, 2015. The equipment vendor says that its pre-5G platform will deliver faster speeds than those available on commercial 4G LTE networks, and will act as a stepping stone to true 5G, which TeleGeography notes is expected to come on-stream after 2020. ZTE Vice-President Li Cui stated that the equipment maker intends to establish a research and development centre for wireless technologies in Tokyo by the end of this year, although he stopped short of putting a dollar figure on how much the company is expecting to invest in Japan. That said, ZTE Corp is believed to be spending up to $220 million on 5G internationally over the next three years, and Cui maintains: “Our goal is to utilize core 5G technologies on existing commercial networks … so users can enjoy the 5G-like experience ahead of time.”

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