Swisscom and Ericsson are closely collaborating on end-to-end network slicing for critical communications in a joint project to deploy and explore new use cases for 4G and 5G. The project is based on Ericsson radio access and core networks, and one of the first steps is to test how the functionality can support critical communications over public networks, for example, in the public transport sector.

Read more: Ericsson and Swisscom to demonstrate network slicing at MWC 2018

Nokia and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, have successfully completed interoperability testing in the 3.5Ghz and 28Ghz spectrum compliant with the global 3GPP 5G NR Release 15 standard - which was formally confirmed in December - and using the commercially available Nokia AirScale base station and device prototypes from Qualcomm Technologies.

Read more: Nokia and Qualcomm announce successful completion of 5G tests

Qualcomm and Samsung have strengthened their relationship, which could help the mobile chipmaker fend off its antitrust case in South Korea. As part of an expanded cross-license agreement, Samsung "will be withdrawing its interventions" into Qualcomm's appeal against an $868 million fine announced in 2016 over what the Korean Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) deemed "excessive" licensing fees.

Read more: Qualcomm fends off Korea antitrust woes with Samsung backing

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