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Fujitsu and Ericsson to join forces on 5G base stations

Partnership comes on the heels of Samsung-NEC tie-up

5G base stations are set to become a $44 billion market in Japan   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Fujitsu and Ericsson will team up to develop and manufacture base stations for fifth-generation wireless communications, creating an immediate rival for the just-announced partnership between Samsung Electronics and NEC.

Tokyo-based Fujitsu is expected to sign a memorandum of understanding with its new Swedish partner as early as this week. The two will jointly develop equipment used in 5G base stations, with Fujitsu bringing its miniaturization and energy-saving expertise to the table. Marketing of the stations will benefit from Ericsson's international sales channel.

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