Ericsson, Intel Team Up with NTT Docomo to Bring 5G to Japan

“Under the terms of the agreement, Ericsson is to provide most of the 5G technology, including networks, baseband, and 5G radio, while Intel will offer microprocessors designed for user devices.”

Ericsson has teamed up with Intel and Japan-based telecom NTT Docomo to test out 5G technology in the country starting next year.

Ericsson, Intel Team Up with NTT Docomo to Bring 5G to JapanUnder the terms of the agreement, Ericsson is to provide most of the 5G technology, including networks, baseband, and 5G radio, while Intel will offer microprocessors designed for user devices. The 5G testing will use the 28GHz frequency band, which Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications is considering for 5G commercial use.

In a statement announcing the collaboration, Intel VP Asha Keddy hinted at the companies’ long-term timeframe, asserting that the “5G mobile device trial will enable us to take a clear and definite step towards ubiquitous 5G device usage by 2020.”

Docomo’s partners in the project have been busy exploring 5G technology in recent months. Earlier this year, they worked with China Mobile to develop related ‘cellular IoT technology’, with Ericsson and China Mobile having more recently flown a drone using 5G networks. Ericsson has also been laying the groundwork for 5G technology in Europe, where it hopes to get such technology up and running as early as 2018.