• Verizon, Telstra, Vodafone among telco leaders launching 5G Future Forum 
  • First-of-its-kind forum to accelerate the delivery of 5G and mobile edge computing solutions 
  • The forum aims to uniform interoperability specifications and improve speed to market 

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5G at the Winter Olympics

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Global 5G leaders including Verizon, Telstra, Vodafone and KT have collaborated on 5G specifications and interoperability to accelerate adoption. 

The 5G Future Forum will drive the development of interoperable 5G specifications across key geographic regions, including the Americas, Asia-Pacific and Europe.

The Forum’s founding members are América Móvil, KT Corp, Rogers, Telstra, Verizon and Vodafone.

The Forum will focus on the creation of uniform interoperability specifications to improve speed to market for developers and multinational enterprises working on 5G-enabled solutions.

Verizon chairman and chief executive Hans Vestberg said: “5G is a key enabler of the next global industrial revolution, where technology will transform how we live and work. It’s critical that technology partners around the world unite to create the most seamless global experience for our customers.

“We are proud to join with our fellow 5G leaders to unlock the full potential of applications and solutions that will transform with 5G’s fast speeds, high reliability, improved security and single-digit latency.”

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In an announcement, the founding members pointed to the benefits of 5G and mobile edge computing to aid in delivering low latency networks to mobile and connected devices while improving data throughput, reliability, power efficiency and security.

The Forum aims to give global organisations the ability to deliver and wide range of transformative business and consumer use cases, which include machine learning (ML) at the edge, autonomous industrial equipment, smart cars and cities, Internet of Things (IoT), augmented and virtual reality, and more.

Forum participants will have the opportunity to develop public and private marketplaces to enhance developer and customer access to 5G and will share global best practices in technology deployment.

Telstra’s Group Executive for Networks and IT, Nikos Katinakis, welcomed the initiative, which recognises Telstra’s 5G leadership on the global stage.

He said: “Telecommunications companies are in the driver’s seat when it comes to creating opportunities for their customers to take advantage of the world of possibilities enabled by 5G.

“We are proud to stand alongside these global 5G leaders, combining our experience and capabilities, as well as 5G leadership, to develop initiatives to bring mobile-edge computing to life.”

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