Ericsson says a series of product launches, partnerships and acquisitions will accelerate the implementation of 5G and will make it easier for the operator's customers to take full advantage of the benefits of the next-generation networks.
The strategic moves concern the radio, core and management levels of the network, giving operators more flexibility in the way they use spectrum, manage the internet of things and virtualize different network functions.
The latter is crucial for the ultra-low latency that drives many of the most transformative applications of 5G.
Updates for the Ericsson radio system mean that operators have more control over where RAN (Radio Access Network) and hardware functions such as beamforming are implemented on the network. In essence, this means that they can be located within the core of the network or near the radio site, with a computer closer to the point of data collection for a lower latency.
The addition of spectrum sharing means that operators can simultaneously deploy 4G and 5G services in the same spectrum band, thereby facilitating the provision of nationwide 5G coverage, as operators do not have to dedicate LTE assets to 5G – a move that reduces 4G performance. negative.
One of the arguments of the supporters of the proposed merger of T-Mobile and Sprint is that its rivals can not provide real nationwide coverage because of their dependence on millimeter wave (mmWave) spectrum assets and they will have to be negative. affect their 4G services to deliver 5G.
The first 5G services are expected to go live later in the US later this year, with Fixed Broadband Access (FWA) broadband being used in large cities.
Ericsson offers new street macro transport solutions, simplifies the deployment of high-frequency millimeter wave (mmWave) spectrum to increase capacity, while also successfully testing the first multivendor call at 39 GHz. This band will be an important feature of all early North American 5G networks.
Ericsson's transport portfolio will also be stimulated through partnerships with Juniper Networks and ECI Telecom, integrating their technologies for a more perfect coordination of radio, core and transport layers of 5G networks.
All three vendors' products are managed from the same console and there are integrated Software Defined Networking (SDN) controls that enable network cutting and traffic optimization.
Ericsson has moved to further improve its automation capabilities with the acquisition of the American CENX, which had a minority stake since 2012.
"Our radio expertise and knowledge in network architecture, end-user applications and standardization work puts us in an excellent position to understand the requirements of 5G transport sites," said Fredrik Jejdling, Head of Business Area Networks at Ericsson.
"By combining our leading transport portfolio with the best partners, we will stimulate our transport offer and create the critical building blocks for the next generation of transport networks that benefit our customers."
Finally, the company is working with Sprint on a fully dedicated, distributed and virtualized Internet of Things (IoT) core network and operating system (OS). This allows operators to convert data collected from IoT devices into immediate insights by analyzing them at the edge of the network.
The network and OS platforms will be ready for 5G, opening the door to latency-sensitive applications such as AI and robotics.
The Swedish giant is one of the big three & # 39; manufacturers of telecommunications network equipment, together with Nokia and Huawei, with all the trimmings to offer the lion's share in the kit for global 5G developments.