5G Americas, a trade association that is the voice of 5G and LTE for the Americas and the 5G Forum Korea, a group that aims to become the leading force in the development of next-generation communications technology, have signed a MoU for cooperation in next-generation 5G mobile communications.
The MOU, signed by 5G Americas president Christ Pearson and 5G Forum executive committee chairman Youngnam Han, outlines ways the organizations can collaborate on 5G. The MoU specifically highlights many areas of possible cooperation affecting the next-generation mobile network ecosystem including spectrum requirements, technology analysis and global standardization trends.
“To reach the objectives of 5G technology, the industry should continue to invest in mutually beneficial partnerships that will in turn enable further innovation for the large and diverse mobile wireless ecosystem,” said Pearson.
5G Americas and the 5G Forum each have independent 5G work programs that will continue to contribute on their own to the global development of next-generation mobile networks.
The 5G standard is principally being developed at the Third-Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) with the initial phase, named Release 15, expected to be completed by June of 2018 and the second phase, named Release 16, expected to be completed by December of 2019.
“Cooperation between leading 5G wireless organizations throughout the world is vital to the success of the next-generation mobile ecosystem that the industry envisions,” said Han.