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Ericsson accelerates the journey to 5G

Working with Deutsche Telekom and SK Telecom, it has also spearheaded the world’s first intercontinental 5G trial network

5G platform supports the beginning of
5G platform supports the beginning of

Ericsson believes the milestone will enable networks to continue their evolution journey to 5G

Ericsson, Deutsche Telekom and SK demonstrated the world's first intercontinental 5G trial network

Ericsson is introducing a 5G platform to help mobile network operators evolve to the next generation of networks. It comprises the 5G core, radio and transport portfolios, together with digital support systems, transformation services and security.


Working with Deutsche Telekom and SK Telecom, it has also been involved in the world’s first intercontinental 5G trial network. The three companies jointly built and demonstrated the new network. DT and SK Telecom network slices are now available in the other operator’s footprint and Germany and Korea are connected.


Ericsson expects that in 2026, there will be a $582 billion market opportunity globally as telecom operators leverage 5G technology for industry digitalisation. For operators, this represents potential to add 34 per cent 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 5G.


"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,” said Arun Bansal, head of Business Unit Network Products at Ericsson.


He added: “It is an important milestone enabling operators to continue their evolution journey to 5G."


The 5G platform enables some early 5G use cases for telecom operators to capture growth opportunities and Ericsson is introducing additions into a 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 set-up 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.

Meanwhile, the successful demonstration of the intercontinental 5G trial network was hosted at DT’s corporate research and development centre in Bonn, Germany and SK Telecom’s 5G test bed at Yeoungjong-do, South Korea. It follows the joint announcement at MWC Shanghai 2016 by DT, Ericsson and SK Telecom of their global partnership to develop the ground-breaking 5G technology for such a network.


“Our customers are demanding global connectivity with a unified service experience,” says Bruno Jacobfeuerborn, CTO Deutsche Telekom. “Network slicing is envisaged as a key enabler to support multiple services in the 5G era. Today’s breakthrough shows we can extend that concept to ensure optimized service experiences with global reach for our customers.”


Ericsson is demonstrating its collaborative approach and innovative solutions in this area at Mobile World Congress 2017, from February 27 to March 2 in Barcelona.


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