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5G is the foundation for expanding the potential of the Networked Society.  The move to 5G will add a new element: the industrial internet. 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 expand the battery life of IoT devices by 10X. All this will create opportunities for new use cases that we haven’t yet dreamed of.

Ulf Ewaldsson Senior Vice President and CTO at Ericsson talks about 5G technologies

5G is the biggest opportunity ever for our industry. We need to make sure there is one global standard that does not fragment terminal vendors and prevent the global scale that we have become used to with LTE. It is a global industry and teamwork is needed to achieve success."

Ulf Ewaldsson, Senior Vice President and CTO at Ericsson

The latest news in 5G

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Ericsson support Verizon in completing first 5G radio specification

Ericsson is part of Verizon’s Technology Forum, a group that is working to define parameters for 5G specifications in advance of future standards . Verizon announced completion of its 5G radio specification - the first U.S. carrier to do so. The specification is the product of collaboration within Verizon's 5G Technology Forum.

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Ericsson a key player in defining the 5G manifesto for Europe

Ericsson has been a key driver in the “5G Manifesto for timely deployment of 5G in Europe”, delivered to EC Commissioner Oettinger in early July. Ericsson has been one of the key players in telecoms and in sectors in which 5G technologies will help build innovative products and services.The manifesto will be considered in the 5G Action plan that will be presented in September from the EC.

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5G Plug-ins

Ericsson´s 5G Plug-Ins, software-driven innovations that bring essential 5G technology concepts to today’s cellular networks.

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5G for the mining industry

To be relevant for any industry, 5G must support any service or application required. Once you implement 5G and support these use cases the innovation starts.

5G for platooning

The transportation industry is striving to improve their efficiency and reduce carbon footprint. One way to achieve this is to have trucks driving at close distances, creating so called truck platoons, tightly coordinated through vehicle to vehicle communication. Ericsson collaborate with Scania to understand 5G requirements of platooning.

5G for traffic management

Traffic management is the system that will make our transport system smart. We want to make an intelligent transport system to manage and proactively design traffic flows for a better transport services and traffic environment. To be able to create this connected, cooperative and automated traffic system we need 5G to handle this mission critical communications. So eventually it will be the bus catching you and not the other way around.

What will 5G enable?

5G will enable new functionality for people, society and enterprises. Our 5G use cases, divided in 6 categories, explore how each industry will be transformed when the technology becomes a reality.

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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. With 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.

Together we make 5G a reality

Our 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 to see the potential for 5G in their own network environments and markets. Our common 5G architecture, with innovative radio system, software platforms including core, OSS/BSS and services, will deliver on the promise of 5G for improved capacity, density, latency and agility.

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Why 5G from Ericsson?

  • 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

Find out why some of the largest telcos work with us to make 5G a reality

Ecosystem partnerships

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.

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Collaborating for the future

To be able to understand the needs of individual industries, we cooperate from the research phase to the market-ready solution. This ensures that our 5G systems will create long-term value and bring the Networked Society to life.

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The future of 5G

5G facts

What will happen in the next five years?

Industries will be transformed by new capabilities brought on by 5G. Examples of these capabilities include:

  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.