First market with combined core and radio for 5G use cases, accelerating the journey to 5G with today's networks
Enables global 5G access and transport, covering all frequency ranges
(NASDAQ: ERIC) introduces a 5G platform for the needs
of the first movers in 5G. Communications are rapidly moving toward data-heavy
applications like Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality everywhere. In light of
that, Ericsson is now first to market with solutions to enable today’s networks
to evolve smoothly to the next generation
5G platform comprises the 5G core, radio and transport portfolios, together
with digital support systems, transformation services and security. Preparing
for 5G opportunities represents a huge opportunity for operators.
Ericsson expects that in 2026, there will be a USD 582 billion market
opportunity globally as telecom operators leverage 5G technology for industry
digitalization. For operators, this represents potential to add 34 percent
growth in revenues in 2026. In a forthcoming study, Ericsson finds that for operators the manufacturing and energy/utilities
sectors represent the biggest opportunity for revenues created or enhanced by
“With this launch, we introduce our 5G platform to
support the beginning of a huge change in network capabilities, allowing our
customers to offer more advanced use cases and new business models to their
customers. It is an important
milestone enabling operators to continue their evolution journey to 5G,”
says Arun Bansal, Head of Business Unit Network Products at Ericsson.
At the core
launches its first 5G
Core System capable of 5G use cases based on network slices.
Network slicing allows an operator to provide dedicated virtual networks with
functionality specific to the service or customer over a common network.
Already today, this
enables some early 5G use cases for telecom operators to capture growth
opportunities. Thus, Ericsson is now introducing additions into a number of
areas of its 5G core system and applications:
One proof point
has been successfully demonstrated by Deutsche Telekom, Ericsson and SK Telecom.
The three have jointly built and demonstrated the world's first intercontinental
5G trial network where network slices were made available in the other
build on the foundation where the journey to 5G has already started, with
virtualization, where hardware-based functions are put on cloud infrastructure
platforms as data centers. Network Functions
Virtualization (NFV) and Software Defined Networking (SDN), will be
used for networking and programmability, bringing ultra-scalability,
programmability and automation to the networks. And, Ericsson’s current portfolio of User Data Management, Evolved
Packet Core and IP Multimedia Subsystem, is put in the cloud to support new use
Market-first global 5G access and transport portfolio
In radio and transport, Ericsson adds mid-band and high-band 5G New
Radio (NR) Radios to the world’s first 5G
NR radio that the company launched last year. Having radios
available for all frequency ranges will bring benefits of 5G communications
5G radio portfolio will be the first to support the new standardized 5G fronthaul interface (called eCPRI).
The support of
these new business opportunities and new applications will require delivering terabyte
of data throughout the network. To
ensure the needed network transport capabilities, Ericsson also introduces
optimized transport solutions. It delivers a MINI-LINK enabling speed of 10Gbps
and new rail-mounted fronthaul and router products, enabling zero footprint.
also be delivering new innovations on the road to 5G via the LTE networks, and 1
Gbps LTE solutions. New products complement the award-winning Ericsson Radio
System and will increase the energy and spectrum efficiency of 4G networks and
app coverage improvements. In addition, new radios will create fast 1Gbps LTE