Ericsson (ERIC) has joined forces with a Japanese telecommunications operator to explore fifth-generation (5G) technology advancements.
The telecommunications giant has announced a partnership with KDDI to "jointly evaluate performance and applicability of potential 5G key technology components."
Under the partnership, Ericsson and KDDI will work together to develop 5G use cases, requirements and deployment scenarios.
In addition, both companies will examine radio and core technologies.
"We are committed to providing high-quality network performance and user experience to address the needs and expectation of our customers," Yoshiaki Uchida, managing executive officer of KDDI's technology sector, said in a prepared statement. "Through our joint efforts with Ericsson we will study 5G technologies and take an important step toward bringing 5G capabilities to the market."
Expect the demand for 5G to increase over the next several years, according to Ericsson.
Ericsson has predicted the number of 5G subscriptions could reach 150 million by 2021, and other companies have invested in 5G research and development as well.
The company also is developing 5G network environments, or "sandboxes," in its Waltham, Massachusetts, and San Francisco Innovation Centers.