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Global associations from around the world joined together to offer the first of what will be biannual global 5G events in Beijing on May 31 and June 1, 2016. The hosting association, the IMT-2020 Promotion Group in China, organized the first event, "Building the 5G Technology Ecosystem" to bring together experts from all corners of the globe to discuss the status and progress on 5G through a series of focused sessions.

The global 5G events are designed to support multilateral collaboration on 5G systems across continents and countries. The second global 5G event will take place in Rome on November 9-10, 2016.

A MoU to cooperate on the organization of a series of global 5G events in the interest of efficiency and building global consensus on 5G was announced in October 2015 by IMT-2020, 5G Americas, The Fifth Generation Mobile Communications Promotion Forum (5GMF) (Japan), 5G Forum (Republic of Korea) and The 5G Public Private Partnership (5G PPP) (Europe).

Ms CAO Shumin, Chair of the IMT-2020 Promotion Group, said: "The multi-lateral cooperation among the five leading 5G associations is a good foundation for the globally unified 5G standard and ecosystem.'