Ericsson rolls out Gen-next 5G platform for operators

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New Delhi, Feb 8 (UNI) Communications technology major Ericsson on Thursday launched 5G Radio Access Network (RAN) commercial software. This software for radio and core networks will enable operators to launch 5G from Q 4 2018. With this launch, Ericsson completed 5G platform for operators.

It also introduced a new category of radio products called Street Macro ? a new site type that addresses the need of operators to grow in cities with limited available radio locations.

To capture growth opportunities presented by new 5G use cases, Ericsson expanded its 5G Core System offering with new capabilities to support 5G New Radio and also enhanced its 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.

Available in the fourth quarter of 2018, Ericsson’s 5G radio network software provides multi-band support for global deployment. It will allow operators to use new frequency spectrum as it becomes available.

The 5G radio network software complements Ericsson’s already launched base-band 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.

This will cater efficiently for growing data traffic and enable access to multimedia content, such as 4K/8K video streaming and virtual reality/augmented reality. According to Ericsson’s new economic study of enhanced mobile broadband, evolution to 5G will enable 10 times lower cost per gigabyte than current 4G.

Executive Vice President and Head of Business Area Networks at Ericsson Fredrik Jejdling says, “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.”

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