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5G for the Networked Society
5G will enable organizations to move into new markets and build new revenue streams with radically new business models and use cases, including Internet of Things (IoT) applications.
5G is the foundation for realizing the full potential of the Networked Society. The new capabilities of 5G span several dimensions, including tremendous flexibility, lower energy requirements, greater capacity, bandwidth, security, reliability and data rates, as well as lower latency and device costs.
Like the transitions to 2G and 3G, the move to 5G will add a new element: the industrial internet. And like the transition to 4G, it will be much higher performance than the previous generation. But it will be much more than that. We'll see new as-a-service business models based on network slicing. Network slices in the context of 5G will be like virtual networks on-demand. 5G will enable more secure transactions and the energy efficiency to enable IoT devices with a battery life that is 10X longer than today. All this will create opportunities for new use cases that we haven’t yet dreamed of, new markets, and radically new business models.
May 24, 2016
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5G Mobile and Wireless Communications
5G is the next generation mobile networking system that includes new radio standards, integrated edge and core network systems and agile network management.
5G systems will integrate existing systems such as LTE and WiFi. 5G radio standards will include new spectrum and spectrum sharing to deliver up to 10 Gbps over the air. The 5G system will integrate existing and new SDN and NFV systems to create an open, programmable platform for a variety of applications. And to provision and manage it, the 5G system will include agile network management systems that analyze and automate new services and end-to-end SLAs.
The new services carried on 5G systems will include personalized video, massive machine-to-machine and critical machine-type communication services.
Show more: What is 5G?
5G: what will happen in the next five years?
Industries will be transformed by the new capabilities that are part of the 5th generation, advancing the Networked Society. Examples of these capabilities are:
- The ability to download a full-length HD movie in seconds.
- The quick reaction time (low latency) to enable remote surgery.
- The ability to spin up virtual networks on-demand with network slicing.
- Battery lifetimes beyond 10 years for remote cellular devices.
Erik Ekudden, Head of Technology Strategy, Ericsson
“Ericsson is driving the 5G technology development together with partners and with leading Operators to strengthen the network capabilities in Mobile broadband, IoT and Media delivery.”
What will 5G enable?
5G will enable new functionality for people, society and enterprises.
5G Use cases explained in a flash
In this graph you will see who benefits and where they can be found for each 5G use cases.
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Broadband experience everywhere anytime
This use case shows how it will be possible to communicate in crowded or remote areas at high speed, thanks to a decrease in latency and the increase in data rates. Thanks to 5G, every mobile user will experience high-quality broadband service both upload and download.
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Smart vehicles, transport and infrastructure
Sensors embedded in roads, railways, airfields and vehicles will communicate with each other through the 5G network. Ericsson is fully aware that this use case is focused on massive machine type communication and is working to ensure that the 5G network has the necessary high coverage and low power consumption.
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5G will provide network users with efficient and flexible media delivery and consumption. Wireless, on-demand access to music, video, videogames and pictures will allow users to enjoy the highest levels of performance. And all delivered through Ericsson’s network.
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Critical control of remote devices
Ericsson’s 5G network allows for remote control of heavy machinery. This opens the way for new possibilities such as increased efficiency and reduced cost or risk reduction in hazardous environments.
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Requirements of a 5G network
- Up to 100 times faster data rates: instant access to services and applications
- Network latency lowered by a factor of five: use cases in areas such as intelligent transport and remote machinery
- Mobile data volumes expanded by a factor of 1,000
- Ten times better battery life: remote sensors and more sustainable networks
Håkan Andersson, 5G Strategic Product Manager, Business Unit Radio, Ericsson
“The sheer scale of 5G means that we simply cannot operate the way we did before.”
How Ericsson can help you build a 5G innovation platform
With its unique experience of leadership in each generation of mobile networks, Ericsson today is the only vendor currently acting on all continents to make 5G a global standard for the next generation of wireless technology.
We have a long tradition of collaboration and research, targeting long-term development of communication technologies. And 5G is no different: our concepts and technologies have been under evaluation for several years now. Ericsson 5G Radio Prototypes are the first products designed to enable operators to conduct live field trials in their own networks. With Ericsson 5G Radio Prototypes, operators move beyond the 5G hype of lab-based speed tests and gain a greater understanding of the potential for 5G in their own network environments and markets.
Sara Mazur, Vice President and Head of Ericsson Research and Lars Englund, engineer at Development Unit Radio, Ericsson
"It’s all about creating networks that are capable of being an agile platform for new applications, new players and new services."
- Complete knowledge and experience built over four generations of network technology
- A complete end-to-end vendor service
- Active in developing major new use cases
- A leading position in all domains required for 5G: radio, edge/core, OSS/BSS and services
Magnus Frodigh, Director, Wireless Access Networks at Ericsson Research
“We started early and have a lead in 5G research, just as we have been leading the research of previous generations.”
Where we are today
On the technology side, the focus is now moving from research to development and standardization. Ericsson is leading the global effort to leverage research results into standardization to create global specifications for 5G radio access and systems.
Although the standards are not due to be completed until 2020, US, Korean and Swedish operators, working with Ericsson, expect to begin trials in 2016. In fact, Ericsson is working on 5G with major operators around the world – more than any of our competitors – including América Móvil, AT&T, China Mobil, Deutche Telecom, Etisalat, KDDI, Korea Telecom, LG U, MTS, NTT DoCoMo, Ooredo Group, Singtel, SK Telecom, Softbank, Telstra, Turkcell, TeliaSonera and Verizon, Vodafone.
The road to 5G
Ericsson 5G technology moves from test bed to field trial prototypes
As with past mobile generations, leading operators are keen to gain a first-mover advantage in 5G. Working with these operators, Ericsson is leading the development of new 5G technologies to ensure early success and enable rapid adoption of 5G-enabled applications.
Ericsson delivers extreme app coverage for operators and end users alike by delivering Gigabit LTE and Elastic RAN
1Gbps on LTE with 256QAM and 4x4 MIMO
Use case diversity
The extensive footprint, high reliability, and security of cellular technology will be platform for Internet of Things growth in Smart Cities, Utilities and other industries.
Collaborations & Partnerships
how we work together for the future
5G will enable people, industries and things to connect on an unprecedented scale, and this ability to connect will bring with it a whole new galaxy of devices and services.
To be able to understand the needs of individual industries, we need to cooperate all the way from the research phase to the market-ready solution. Identifying needs in this way ensures that we can build the 5G systems that will bring the long-term Networked Society to life.
TeliaSonera and Ericsson partner for 5G future
Ericsson and TeliaSonera will develop selected 5G use cases and services based on TeliaSonera’s network and Ericsson 5G technology. The aim is to let TeliaSonera customers get a taste of the future by trying out 5G services already in 2018 on networks in the capitals of Sweden and Estonia.
Read: TeliaSonera and Ericsson take aim at 5G
Joint innovation from Ericsson and TeliaSonera
Ericsson is driving or engaging in a large number of research projects together with industry partners and academia. Among the academic partners are key universities and research institutes around the world.
- Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
- Chinese Academy of Information and Communications Technology (CAICT), China
- King’s College, Great Britain
- Linköpings Tekniska Högskola, Sweden
- Lund University, Sweden
- New York University, USA
- Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden
- Rutgers University, USA
- Stanford University, USA
- Swedish ICT/SICS, Sweden
- Technical University of Dresden, Germany
Torbjörn Lundahl, 5G Research Collaborations, Ericsson
“5G cooperation between companies and across industries means that we can expect to see more innovations we cannot even imagine today.”
Further insights, research and discussions. And information about upcoming events: our chance to meet you in person.
News and events
- Ericsson behind the first comprehensive book about 5G: “5G Mobile and Wireless Communications”
- The value of design thinking
- Wi-Fi on Wheels drives coverage anywhere
- Ericsson hosts speakers from NASA Jet Propulsion Lab and ITU at Global Microwave Meeting
- Elaine Haher named TM Forum distinguished fellow
- Cellular networks for Massive IoT – enabling low power wide area applications
- Cloud RAN – the benefits of virtualization, centralization and coordination
- 5G security – scenarios and solutions
- 5G energy performance – key technologies and design principles
- 5G systems – enabling industry and society transformation
- Voice and video calling over LTE – securing high-quality communication services over IP networks
5G energy performance – key technologies and design principles
High energy performance targeting reduced network energy consumption is a critical requirement of 5G. It enables reduced total cost of ownership, facilitates the extension of network connectivity to remote areas and provides network access in a sustainable and more resource-efficient way.
Ericsson 5G Radio Prototypes for live field trials
Per Beming, Chief Architect, Business Unit Radio at Ericsson introduces the Ericsson 5G Radio Prototype. The compact design and “carry-on” size of the new 5G prototypes enable operators to field trial advanced 5G features, including Multi-User MIMO (MU-MIMO) and beamforming across multiple sites in their own network environment.
Tech Talk: 5G Security
Fogelström describes the main drivers for 5G security namely; new trust models, new service delivery models, an evolved threat landscape and privacy.
New 5G innovations boost mobile data speeds
To be ready for commercial networks in 2020, Ericsson 5G research is coming out of the labs and into live test networks in Sweden and the US. This video demos Ericsson’s latest 5G innovation.
5G – Network Architecture in the Networked Society
The introduction of 5G networks will be revolutionary for service providers, both in terms of services as well as processes. In this video, our 5G experts look at the role that cloud, virtualization of network functions and software defined networks will play in reducing cost, optimizing efficiency and time-to-market, and fostering innovation in the 5G-driven Networked Society.
5G – Management and Operations for the future
With the reality of 5G quickly approaching, a new unprecedented array of connected devices and offered services require us to take a fresh look at Operations and Management.
Tech Talk: The Journey to 5G
Yes – but what will it take to get there? Sara Mazur, Head of Ericsson Research, talks about the Journey to 5G
Tech Talk: 5G
This is what it will mean for us: Erik Dahlman, Senior Expert in Radio Access Technologies as Ericsson Research, talks about important use cases and the future.
What you need to know and what to expect. 5G: On the Road to 2020
Ericsson’s Håkan Andersson, head of 5G Product Strategy, and IDC Research Manager Satya Atreyam shows you what you need to know when it comes to 5G, and what you should expect to see soon.
Watch how it works. 5G Live Over-the-Air Demo for IDC
Ericsson Project Manager Mathias Riback gives IDC Research Manager Satya Atreyam the first live over-the-air-demonstration of Ericsson’s pre-standard 5G technology in this short video.
Hans Mickelsson, Director, System & Techology Business Unit Cloud & IP
“5G requires a flexible and programmable core network supporting both mobile broadband as well as new business segments.”
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