MoU Season For 5G As Companies Link Up

KT and Alcatel-Lucent + 4G Americas and ATIS

The bells are ringing as we move into what must be 5G wedding season. Two high-profile Memorandum of Understandings (MoU) were signed this week as companies continue to take a co-operational approach to the network.

Firstly, Alcatel-Lucent, recently acquired by Nokia Networks, has signed a collaboration with South Korea’s KT. The pair will work to test technologies before eventually introducing 5G mobile networks and infrastructure.

“a way to … accelerate 5G technology adoption in the industry”

Alcatel-Lucent’s virtualised Radio Access Network technology and architectures will form the initial focus, whilst the duo will also look at the development and testing of mobile ultra-broadband access, network functions virtualisation (NFV) and software defined networking (SDN) technologies. Driving the interworking and 3GPP standardisation activities is also a priority.

‘As thought leaders in this space, both Alcatel-Lucent and KT see the collaboration as a way to combine efforts to accelerate 5G technology adoption in the industry,’ said a spokesperson for the French firm.

Over in America, ATIS, a global standards and solutions development organisation and 3GPP partner, has also got in on the action by signing an MoU with 4G Americas, a wireless industry trade association.

“our alignment … will increase the momentum to advance the network toward its 5G future

The partners aim to facilitate alignment of the organisations’ common technological and policy efforts in the field of mobile broadband communication. The evolution to 5G is one of the key areas in which they will share knowledge.

‘I am extremely confident that our alignment with 4G Americas will increase the momentum to advance the network toward its 5G future,’ said ATIS President and CEO Susan Miller. ‘This agreement reflects a shared vision of key industry initiatives.  Collaboration is central to ATIS’ model of bringing the ICT industry together.’

Chris Pearson, President of 4G Americas, signed the MoU along with Miller, and he clearly wanted to stress the important of collaboration in the 5G landscape. ‘It is becoming increasingly important to cooperate with other major associations regarding critical common areas of interest to ensure there is no technical fragmentation,’ he said.

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