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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 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.

What is 5G?

5G: what will happen in the next five years?

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:

  1. The ability to download a full-length HD movie in seconds.
  2. The quick reaction time (low latency) to enable remote surgery.
  3. The ability to spin up virtual networks on-demand with network slicing.
  4. Battery lifetimes beyond 10 years for remote cellular devices.
Erik Ekudden

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.”

Use cases

What will 5G enable?

5G will enable new functionality for people, society and enterprises.

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

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.”

Why Ericsson

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.

5G lab

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

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

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.

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.

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

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 reading

5G insights

Further insights, research and discussions. And information about upcoming events: our chance to meet you in person.


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

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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