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Telefonica and Huawei enter agreement to develop 5G and NG-RAN technology as part of existing MoU
Announced Date: 6/27/2016 Published Date: 6/27/2016

Spain-based global telco Telefonica and Huawei have announced a 5G & NG-RAN Joint Innovation Agreement in Shenzhen, China, marking a further cooperation step between Telefonica and Huawei on 5G and based on the strategic Memorandum of Understanding signed in Hong Kong in November 2015.

The joint cooperation in the new 5G & NG-RAN agreement specifically covers technologies including cloud RAN, 5G radio user centric no cell, 5G core re-architect and massive MIMO innovation projects, designed to improve the spectrum efficiency and enable a cloud-native architecture. 5G Core architecture evolution and research on cloud RAN will constitute key cooperation areas between Telefonica and Huawei.

Also in November last year, Huawei and Telefonica Business Solutions, a major provider of integrated communications solutions for the B2B market, announced they have entered into a global collaboration agreement designed to promote the migration of traditional IT services to the cloud. The new agreement was intended to help enterprises migrate their servers to the cloud and allow them to utilise computing, storage and backup services in Telefonica data centres on a pay-per-use basis.

Under the agreement, Huawei will enable the Telefonica Open Cloud service, which is based on OpenStack, in eight Telefonica data centres, while Telefonica will leverage Huawei's expertise gained through its public cloud service in the Chinese market.

Telefonica and Huawei had previously announced an agreement designed to support the operator's transformation to a digital environment. The agreement covered three key areas, specifically the application of 4G/5G wireless, 400 Gbit/s, FTTx and SDN IP/optical networks, the development of IT solutions to improve Telefonica's business processes, and the creation of technology for the virtualisation of network functions based on Telefonica's UNICA architecture.