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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.

Capturing 5G business opportunities

Ericsson is working with leading customers, industries and academia for the emerging 5G market.

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Building 5G Networks

See how Ericsson can help Telecom operators evolve their networks for 5G.

5G for Industries

To see how different industries expect 5G to create new value read Ericsson's 5G proposition for industries here.

Gain a 5G advantage

Ericsson leads the way in research & development in 5G - read more about our innovations here.

Ericsson’s key contributions to 5G standardization. Anything but standard

Ericsson is deeply involved in the 5G standardization work, ensuring bold performance targets of the end to end system are met.

See Ericsson's key contributions to the 5G standard

5G trials

New 5G speed world record

New 5G speed world record

In partnership with SK Telecom and BMW Korea, Ericsson used advanced 5G technology to track a connected car travelling up to 170 km/hour to demonstrate data transmission speeds on a 5G network.

Watch the 5G speed video
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SK Telecom - a 5G hero empowering new use

Meet the 5G heroes at SK Telecom. See our collaboration on the key 5G technology development, including the network slicing proof of concept and 5G radio trials. The results are impressive.

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5G Heroes - changing the world

Connectivity will never be the same again. Meet 5G Hero NTT DOCOMO and learn about the tests and trials as they move towards a 5G future.

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Insights and Trends

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Capture the 5G business potential

5G is expected to play a major role in industry digitalization. For telecom operators this is an USD 619 billion revenue opportunity by 2026. Learn more about the 5G business potential across 10 industries in the second edition of our report.

Read the report
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White paper: 5G Systems - enabling the transformation of industry and society

The 5G architecture will be cost-efficient to operate and have agile and flexible mechanisms in place for swift introduction of services. These properties are required to enable new business models.

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Fixed wireless access on a massive scale with 5G

Fixed wireless access on a massive scale with 5G

The promise of ubiquitous fixed wireless access (FWA) looms large with every new generation of wireless or mobile technology, and 5G is no exception. Indeed, one of the 5G use cases currently gaining momentum in the industry is FWA for both small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) and residential applications.

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4G/5G RAN architecture: how a split can make the difference

4G/5G RAN architecture: how a split can make the difference

Current RAN architecture is undergoing a transformation to increase deployment flexibility and network dynamicity, so that networks will be able to meet the performance requirements demanded by applications such as extreme mobile broadband and long-range massive MTC.

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5G for industry remote operation

5G will support transformation of all industries, and Ericsson Research works on concepts and prototypes together with industry partners. One example of an industry use case is Industry remote operation, which we are exploring together with ABB. In this video we present the demonstration of robot remote control with haptic feedback and explain some of the key requirements and technologies involved.

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.

We asked 650 executives from 8 industries how they use communications technology today, which use cases are likely to dominate their industry, and what business reasons are driving them to move to 5G.

Read the Opportunities in 5G report

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. 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.

Building 5G networks

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.

Learn more about our ecosystem partnerships

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.