OPPO and Ericsson Launch 5G Joint Lab to Strengthen Collaboration

Left: Luca Orsini, Head of Networks and VP, MNEA, Ericsson.
Right: Andy WU, VP of OPPO and President of Software Engineering

OPPO recently announced the launch of a 5G joint laboratory with Ericsson, a leading information and communication technology provider, which will serve to deepen the two companies’ collaboration in the area of 5G. Through the new lab, OPPO and Ericsson will also promote global collaboration, share with each other cutting-edge 5G technologies and help optimise 5G products and network performance to accelerate the large-scale deployment of 5G globally.

Kevin Cho, Managing Director OPPO New Zealand, said: “This joint 5G lab is another step in OPPO’s commitment to developing and realising the potential of 5G technology. As a leading adopter and innovator of 5G, we understand the importance of collaboration to harness the full capabilities of the new technology and explore the possibilities available to Kiwis, as New Zealand prepares to enter the 5G era.”

“By working in partnership with an industry leader such as Ericsson, we have created a platform from which we can conceive, optimise and implement best in class standards of 5G functionality in New Zealand and beyond. It is our hope, through OPPO’s experience in new product and technology development along with Ericsson’s cutting-edge infrastructure, customers across New Zealand will soon have access to the highest quality 5G products and experiences.”

Cho added: “5G will have a significant impact on the smartphone experience. Mobile gaming, for instance, will be greatly enhanced through the lower-latency and high-speed network, opening the door to augmented and virtual reality gaming to rival the console experience. Furthermore, 5G will provide the foundations for enhanced connectivity, from smart cities to machine to machine communications, such as driverless vehicles. OPPO will continue to invest in the development of new connected devices to deliver new experiences for our customers and take advantage of the advanced capabilities of the 5G network.”

“This partnership is of highly strategic importance for both Ericsson and OPPO. It will contribute to the diversity of the 5G ecosystem and benefit from the agility of both companies to bring new use cases and customer value to the market,” said Luca Orsini, Vice President and Head of Networks for Market Area North East Asia at Ericsson.

OPPO and Ericsson have been working closely to contribute to the evolution of 5G technologies and have also signed a global patent license agreement, laying a solid foundation for their ongoing, in-depth collaboration in the 5G era. Since the third quarter of 2018, the two partners have been running joint 5G tests on OPPO’s 5G handset and Ericsson’s 5G infrastructure with local operator partners in Sweden, Germany and China as part of an effort to accelerate the commercial availability of 5G products. At MWC 2019 earlier this year, OPPO and Ericsson also partnered to showcase 5G smartphones and cloud-gaming scenarios to attendees.

OPPO has been at the forefront of the development and popularisation of 5G smartphones. In May 2019, OPPO launched its innovative Reno 5G model in Switzerland, making it the first 5G phone commercially available in Europe. The device has since been rolled out in the UK, Australia, Italy and other markets across the world to great acclaim. With 5G adoption on the cusp of scaling up, OPPO will also launch the world’s first Qualcomm-powered dual-mode 5G smartphone by the end of the year, offering an enhanced and more robust 5G experience to global users.

In the new era of 5G intelligent connectivity, OPPO will continue to invest in product development, technological research, standards and application scenarios for 5G and work with leading partners like Ericsson to explore the tremendous potential of 5G and bring its innovation value to consumers around the world.