Ericsson Ready to Help Operators to Launch 5G from Q4 2018

9 February 2018
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Ericsson has launched its upgraded commercial 5G platform for multi-band radio and core network to help operators to launch 5G services from the fourth quarter of 2018.

The platform is based on the recently approved first 3GPP 5G New Radio (NR) standard and enhanced with new capabilities to support 5G NR and improvements to Distributed Cloud solution.

Ericsson introduced its 5G Platform in February 2017 with additions made in September the same year. It comprises the 5G core, radio, and transport portfolios together with OSS/BSS, network services and security.

The Company also unveiled a new category of radio products called Street Macro – a new layer between macro and micro. These radios will be on building facades with a smaller footprint but the necessary strength to secure network efficiency and coverage.

The latest 5G radio network software announced complements Ericsson’s already launched baseband and 5G radios. Operators can simply activate their 5G networks and take the first steps with commercial 5G capabilities and new applications leveraging advanced mobile broadband services. 

Furthermore, the company unveils new radio products supporting Massive MIMO technology. These products enable a smooth evolution from 4G to 5G and address the need for increased capacity, while simplifying use for wider adoption.

All installed base radios from the Ericsson Radio System delivered since 2015 will be 5G NR-capable by a remote software installation.

Fredrik Jejdling, EVP and Head of Business Area Networks, Ericsson
Operators who want to be early with 5G now have the essential pieces for launching 5G networks already this year. With our expanded platform, they will get more efficient networks as well as opportunities to create new revenues from emerging consumer and industrial use cases.

Giovanni Ferigo, CTO, TIM 
Ericsson is an important enabler of our 5G in-field innovation activities that span several cities in Italy. Together, last December – marking an Italian record - we activated a 5G NR cell in the mmW frequencies in the city of Torino, reaching speeds above 20Gbps.

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

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