Nokia has begun talking up some of its technologies that it will announce at MWC 2016. Included in that list is the company's strong focus on 5G and the future of IoT and self-driving cars.
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Nokia has announced that French regulators have approved the company's offer of 15.6 billion euros to acquire Alcatel-Lucent and will begin the merger starting January 14th.
Japanese mobile services provider, Docomo, has announced that it has attained success in evaluating 5G networks in real world scenarios and achieved speeds in excess of 2 Gbps.
Along with a few partnering companies, Verizon is working on the next generation of radio technology that will bring about the 5G standard to the U.S., with field testing slated for 2016.
The European Union is determined to be among the first parts of the world to deploy 5G technologies, and it's now partnering with Japan and others to make sure that happens.
Ericsson, one of the companies involved in developing 5G networks, has been field-testing some of its technologies and has achieved some very impressive speeds, as well as other improvements.
Nokia has announced publicly that it is buying Alcatel-Lucent, a wireless technologies company. The new consolidated business will put the Finnish manufacturer at the forefront of 5G tech in Europe.
Samsung boasted last year that it had reached mobile speeds of 7.5Gbps in 5G testing - but using new 'breakthrough technologies', UK researchers have achieved wireless speeds of up to 1Tbps.
After first showing off the future of Wi-Fi, Samsung is now revealing some impressive tests they've been doing on 5G networks, which achieved incredible download speeds even in tough conditions.
Nokia's network division is reportedly planning to test the 5G connection standard in Oulu, Finland. If everything goes as expected, many believe that 5G will be commonplace by the year 2020.
Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, is promising the city will be one of the first places where 5G connectivity will be deployed, offering its residents incredible mobile internet speeds.
As companies strive to improve 4G technology in the United States, Japan has already looked ahead and started development of its 5G network. Japan is aiming to launch 5G by 2020.