A consortium led by SK Telecom has been chosen by the Institute for Information & communications Technology Promotion under the Korean Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning to undertake a government-funded project on a quantum cryptography communication network and has begun operating national test networks in five areas in Korea.
Ericsson and the China Mobile Research Institute (CMRI) have signed a MoU to collaborate on 5G research and development.
China Mobile and 11 partners have launched a 5G Joint Innovation Center project at the GTI Summit 2016, held during World Mobile Congress in Barcelona. Early partners include Huawei, ZTE, Ericsson, Nokia, Qualcomm, Datang, Intel, Keysight, Beijing Shougang Automation Information Technology Co, Haier and Hisense.
Ossia, the company behind the Cota remote wireless charging technology, has partnered with KDDI to deliver the benefits of remote wireless power technology to KDDI's customers.
Korea has become the biggest spender on R&D as a percentage of GDP, taking the lead from Israel, according to figures from the OECD.
NTT Docomo says it has made the first trial of 5G technology in a commercial complex '“ The Roppongi Hills high-rise complex in Tokyo - demonstrating date rates of 2.5Gbps using a frequency of 78GHz, in conjunction with Nokia Networks, Samsung, Ericsson, Fujitsu and Huawei.
KT and Nokia have conducted what they claim to be the industry's first eMTC (aka LTE-M) field trial, on KT's LTE network using Nokia's Flexi Multiradio 10 base station. In the trial, eMTC used only 1.4MHz of the full 20MHz LTE spectrum, leaving the remaining spectrum free for normal LTE traffic, according to Nokia.