Vivo has announced its partnership with China Mobile on the “China
Mobile 5G Device Forerunner Initiative” at the GTI Summit 2018 at Mobile
World Congress 2018.
Combining the efforts of industry players including Vivo, the program
will accelerate the development of next generation 5G devices. The
program aims to launch the first batch of 5G pre-commercial devices for
scale-up trial application showcase, plus establish support for the
development of 5G devices, chipsets and component supply chains.
Shi Yujian, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Vivo
attended the summit and joined discussions on the latest R&D of 5G
devices with industry leaders from other partner companies.
The “China Mobile 5G Device Forerunner Initiative” led by China Mobile
brings together more than 20 of the industry’s most influential and
capable chipset manufacturers, component manufacturers and end-solution
providers, forming a strong industry ecosystem for 5G development.
Vivo outlines 5G device commercialization
“The smartphone industry’s growth is increasingly driven by the user
experience, which has significantly grown the influence of smartphone
manufacturers on communication standards and regulations. For Vivo, 5G
is both an opportunity and a challenge as technology changes emerge more
rapidly so the pace of market change is faster than ever. Continuous
innovation is the only way to forge ahead in today’s dynamic era,” Mr.
Shi said at the event.
5G networks will deliver higher speeds, lower latency and more bandwidth
than ever. As applications of these key features in mobile
communications broaden, 5G devices will take on different forms. While
AR/VR and wearables continue to evolve, the 5G smartphone will continue
to be the core platform for mobile users with its unmatched user base
Vivo believes the 5G smartphone will act as a hub for Smart Sensors,
Smart Control and Smart Services. Smartphones will detect and analyze
user behavior, form a control center for the Internet of Things and
deliver personalized AI-enabled services.
Vivo plans to launch its 5G pre-commercial devices by 2019 and
officially release a commercial 5G smartphone by 2020.
Long-term commitment to 5G development
Vivo began its research into 5G not long after the International
Telecommunications Union (ITU) shared their vision of 5G. Vivo set up
its 5G Research Institute in Beijing in 2016 and became one of the
largest device providers at the 3GPP group to help develop 5G
In the past year, Vivo has activated 5G antenna and frequency related
development to further accelerate Vivo’s pace of 5G innovation. Vivo’s
partnership with China Mobile on 5G started in 2016 with a joint
solution that reduces power consumption of 5G devices. Vivo was also a
key contributor to the China Mobile led GTI 5G Device Whitepaper and
China Mobile 5G Technical Requirements for Large Scale Field Trial.
To enable the unique consumer experience shifts that 5G will bring, Vivo
has also been working closely with Qualcomm on a 5G demonstration to
showcase the power of 5G applied across a range of end-to-end usage