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5G isn’t just a new generation of mobile networks – it’s transforming the world as we know it.

What is 5G?

5G is the fifth generation of cellular networks. Up to 100 times faster than 4G, 5G is creating never-before-seen opportunities for people and businesses.  

Faster connectivity speeds, ultra-low latency and greater bandwidth is advancing societies, transforming industries and dramatically enhancing day-to-day experiences. Services that we used to see as futuristic, such as e-health, connected vehicles and traffic systems and advanced mobile cloud gaming have arrived.

With 5G technology, we can help create a smarter, safer and more sustainable future.

5G brings new capabilities that create opportunities for people, businesses and society. But what is 5G going to mean for you? Put simply: a lot.

5G for telecom operators

What is 5G going to mean to you as a telecom operator?

To find out, jump to the deep dive section.

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What makes 5G different?

5G runs on the same radio frequencies that are currently being used for your smartphone, on Wi-Fi networks and in satellite communications, but it enables technology to go a lot further. 

Beyond being able to download a full-length HD movie to your phone in seconds (even from a crowded stadium), 5G is really about connecting things everywhere – reliably, without lag – so people can measure, understand and manage things in real time. 

This has enormous potential – and together, we will take it to the next level. 

Are you curious to know more about the technology and what it means to you? Follow us on an in-depth journey, explaining the differences between 5G and 4G. 

5G evolution

Things have changed a lot since the first generation of mobile technology.

  • The 1G era was defined by briefcase-sized phones and short conversations between a relatively small number of professional people.
  • In the lead up to 2G, the demand for mobile services grew and never slowed down.
  • Phones that could fit in your pocket, SMS  and mobile internet access were hallmarks of the 3G world.
  • Thanks to 4G, we have smartphones, app stores and YouTube.
  • Now, 5G is completely reshaping both our professional and personal lives by enabling new use cases like connective vehicles, Augmented Reality and enhanced video and gaming.

Read on to learn what 5G is and what it can help achieve.

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5G evolution explained

What is 5G capable of?

5G will do much more than significantly improve your network connection. It provides new opportunities, enabling us to deliver groundbreaking solutions that reach across society. 

Imagine billions of connected devices gathering and sharing information in real time to reduce road accidents; or life-saving applications that can take flight thanks to lag-free guaranteed connections; or production lines so predictive they can prevent interruptions well before they occur.

Connected vehicle technology is accelerating, powered by 5G. Faster, safer, more accessible and more secure – our technology is driving a driverless future.

Stefano Sorrentino
Principal Researcher, Radio – Ericsson Research

Sheng-Ann Yu
Head of Solution Line Distributed Cloud – Ericsson

Immersive experience technology is reaching new heights, elevated by 5G. We’re cutting the cord and opening the door to a world you can see, traverse and feel.

Alvin Jude
Researcher – Ericsson

Diego González Morín
Researcher, Devices Technologies – Ericsson

IoT in logistics is bringing end-to-end, uninterrupted visibility of goods. We make it easy our advanced technologies and global partnership ecosystem.

Jan Höller
Research Fellow – Ericsson

Eva Fogelström
Director, Security – Ericsson Research

Smart stadiums and smart venues are going much larger than live. We’re multiplying network capacity and we’re advancing multi-sensory viewing capabilities.

Peter Marshall
5G Principal Lead for Kings College, London – Ericsson

Connected homes are smart home technology are easily enabled with our fixed wireless access solutions. Lower cost per gigabyte and faster time to market. Easy.

Håkan Olofsson
Head of New Concepts Program – Ericsson

IoT in sports to industrial IoT: our connectivity and device management solutions make it easy to unleash the power of things. Get ready to transform the world.

Antony Beswick
Senior Product and Portfolio Manager – Ericsson

Bodil Josefsson
IoT Security Offering Lead – Ericsson

5G enabled by Ericsson

We are at the forefront of the 5G, Internet of Things (IoT), edge computing and cloud network infrastructure era – the first company to bring 5G to four continents. Our portfolio is built on innovation and transformation, paving the path toward a fully connected world. 

Ericsson Radio System allows operators to launch the new technology and grow 5G coverage fast – no matter the scale and complexity – and Ericsson Spectrum Sharing allows for accelerated 5G rollouts using existing hardware. 

With our world leading technology, we aim to drive society forward and unlock new opportunities. We have the industry’s strongest portfolio of essential 5G patents and plays a pivotal role in global standardization.


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What are the opportunities for mobile operators?

5G gives communication service providers the ability to serve a multitude of use-cases and use-places with lightning fast connectivity. From smart phones to smart factories, 5G is the open innovation platform that enables society to take the leap towards a smarter, safer and sustainable future. 

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