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HTC joins Washington’s 5G development program

By Lauly Li  /  Staff reporter

Smartphone maker HTC Corp (宏達電) yesterday said it has joined the US government’s 5G technology research and development program, in which the Taiwanese company is to support the testing platforms by offering its virtual reality (VR) systems.

“It is HTC’s honor to be the pioneer of the VR industry in the Advanced Wireless Research Initiative [AWRI] program. The research program will offer the ideal platforms to enhance wireless connection technologies,” HTC chairwoman Cher Wang (王雪紅) said in a press statement.

The US government on Friday last week announced the US$400 million AWRI program to be led by the National Science Foundation as part of the nation’s efforts to maintain its leadership in the next generation of mobile technology.

The research program is to enable the deployment and use of four city-scale testing platforms in the next 10 years, according to a White House statement.

The AWRI program’s testing platforms would allow entrepreneurs, academics and wireless industry businesses to develop and test their advanced technologies, with some of which might become the key innovations for 5G technology and beyond, the statement said.

HTC said it would support the testing platforms by providing technical expertise, mobile and Internet of Things devices and its VR systems.

Intel Corp is to provide its portable 5G mobile trial platform and server equipment to assist the research into technologies such as multi-antenna arrays and novel radio interface techniques, the statement said.

US telecommunications firm AT&T Inc is to offer on-site mobile connectivity in the selected cities as testing grounds for advanced wireless research, it said.

HTC shares fell 2.71 percent to close at NT$96.9 in Taipei trading yesterday.

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