Ericsson first to market with combined core and radio for 5G use cases, accelerating the journey to 5G with today’s networks covering all frequency ranges
Ericsson announces to introduce a unique platform that will match the expectation of the early adopters. The company’s new 5G platform comprises the 5G core, radio and transport portfolios, together with digital support systems, transformation services and security. Operators preparing for 5G is sought to have huge opportunity through this platform.
At the core, Ericsson has launched 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.
Communications are rapidly moving towards data-heavy applications like Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality. In light of that, Ericsson claims to be the first to market with solutions to enable today’s networks to evolve smoothly to the next generation of networks.
Aimed to churn the early 5G use cases for telecom operators and tap growth, Ericsson has made a breakthrough in number of areas of its 5G core system and applications:
- Federated network slices for 5G roaming extends this concept to a visited network. This technology will make it possible for an operator to provide a network service globally, ensuring enterprises do not need individual agreements with different operators for a global service experience.
- Network slice management to automate the setup of service connections and to secure service quality, to save costs and to gain fast time to service.
- 5G policy and user data for network slices to ensure users get the right service quality and have data integrity.
- Distributed cloud to facilitate short latency applications, such as real-time face recognition, by moving applications and workloads closer to the access. In addition, the 5G-enabled packet core will allow full separation of control and user data, as well as unprecedented capacity and user data rates.
- 5G transformation services to ensure the migration of the network and operation from legacy to 5G core, virtualized and based on an automated operational model.
“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,” said Arun Bansal, Head of Business Unit Network Products at Ericsson.
“We are pleased with the progress Ericsson is making in advancing 5G technology commercially,” said Roger Gurnani, Chief Technology Officer, Verizon. “Our customer trials with 5G technology in 11 cities across US is an important step in accelerating the path to next generation of wireless services.”
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 operator’s footprint.
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 globally. The 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.
Ericsson will 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 networks.
Ericsson at Mobile World Congress 2017
At Mobile World Congress 2017, February 27 -March 2, Barcelona – Spain, Ericsson at Hall 2 is demonstrating a collaborative approach and innovative solutions to succeed in this arena.