Rise to your 5G business potential

The time to act is now​

5G is gearing up to change every industry. But how?

The next wave of 5G expansion will allow businesses of all types to reap the benefits of enhanced mobility, flexibility, reliability and security, and provide an entirely new range of possibilities for service providers. Enterprises are investing in digitalization now, and they are open to engage with new partners to succeed.​

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Translating 5G technology directly into business value​

High speeds and low-latency​

Harnessing new levels of speed and latency, 5G enables real-time control of connected devices, eliminating the distance between people and technology.​

Improved reliability

5G delivers near-instant failover to reduce packet loss, enable powerful beam forming technologies and application-aware networking slicing to support a wide range of critical business processes.​

Advanced security​

With redundancies and encryption built directly into the architecture, 5G provides secure communication, improved identity management, and protection against attacks.​

Precise positioning​

5G narrows the accuracy of network-based positioning down to less than a meter, powering on-the-spot positioning without the battery drag of GPS.​

Device density​

5G is designed to support up to 1M devices per square kilometer compared to roughly 60,000 devices on 4G. Increased density is critical for smart factories and smart cities.​

Value-chain focused approach with internal and external value-chains

Exploring the role of value chains in digitalization​

Digitalization has been explored at length, but the analyses provided typically provide insights into particular businesses and industries but can be difficult to translate to other areas. At the same time, the decisions in one business oftentimes depend heavily on that of other companies in the same value chain. Therefore, in this study, we explored digitalization of the internal value chains within enterprises, as well as the digitalization that occurs along the external value chain relationships between different enterprises. ​

Drivers for digitalization

For businesses, digitalization is mostly about business and proportionally less about technology. This is reflected in the reasons for and approaches to evolve different processes. Some industries face major structural changes such as transition to e-commerce, sustainability electrification, forces that influence transformations across many different industries. Furthermore, competitive pressure – margin squeeze, productivity or differentiation – holds major influence on their strategies and approaches to digitalization. Lastly, digitalization in the consumer world is beginning to shape the expectations of what customer experience, even within B2B areas, should look like. How these drivers shape digitalization is explored further in the report. 

Digitalization types

We have identified five different types of digitalization, relevant to different enterprises and situations, each requiring their own types of solutions and with different barriers to entry. Push digitalization deals with accelerating the forward productivity flow in the value chain, while pull digitalization concerns adapting the value chain, to be more responsive to customer demand. Value- add digitalization focuses on increasing the value in the end customer’s domain, whereas coordination digitalization is about bringing together resources needed for producing a certain result. Finally, disruptive digitalization happens when new entrants step into the value chain. The full report explores these digitalization types and their impact. 

The importance of, plans for and implementation of digitaization

Summary graph with replies to three separate questions: "How important would you say digitaization is to the future of your company?", "How would you describe your company's plans for digitaization?" and "How far have you come in your company's journey towards digitaization?"

Digital maturity

Depending on their respective digital maturity levels, the choice of what solutions that two enterprises may choose to invest in may vary significantly. Digital maturity is a key factor to consider, and organizations may not be open to these types of solutions. Organizations will not be able to fully absorb solutions that are too far beyond their current maturity level. The report provides further exploration of the topic of digital maturity and what role 5G plays in it. 

Service provider paths in digitalization

To become a relevant partner in enterprises’ digitalization journeys is not an all or nothing deal. Rather, there exist many different niches with varying degrees of complexity and barriers to entry that service providers could approach. There are several paths that service providers could take in the digitalization landscape. Within Ericsson’s three existing service provider roles we have identified six paths, each contributing a specific value to digitalization. They are not exclusive to each other and service providers should consider which path they want to follow, and what ecosystem to work in, to pursue that path.

“We are trying to understand what digitalization means to us. What will happen to our customer? How will it affect our products? How can we improve our efficiency, make our products attractive?” - VP, manufacturing

The value-chains, digitalization drivers, types and levels of maturity all affect each other to shape the evolving digital landscape. The aim of this report is to provide a map of some key areas for navigating this complex environment, and to break down the complexity and make it more approachable. We hope that this insights provided in this report will support service providers to identify their path for how to enable the 5G powered business, starting already today. 


The findings in this study are based on two parts. The first part is built on in-depth interviews with 25 industry representatives, each with key roles in in their enterprise's digitalization journey –Interviews ranging from CFOs and CDOs to production managers. The second part constitutes of detailed responses from 1100 IT decision makers from enterprises active in the targeted value-chains across Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, South-Korea, Spain, UK and the USA.

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Ericsson: The natural choice for 5G

Vodafone and Ericsson continue to collaborate and innovate all over the world. Envisioning that 5G will be the era of IoT, Johan Wibergh, CTO of Vodafone, explains why Ericsson is the perfect fit for their 5G future.

Key topics

Edge Computing

Edge computing with distributed cloud enables the introduction of latency sensitive and bandwidth demanding services through distributing compute, storage and networking resources from central datacenters closer to end users and devices. Ericsson estimates that 25% of service providers’ 5G opportunity is depending on edge computing.

Network slicing

Network slicing is one of the key capabilities that will enable flexibility in future mobile networks, as it allows multiple logical networks to be created on top of a common shared physical infrastructure. Network slicing has significant benefits for a number of industries, such automotive, manufacturing and transport, by providing different efficiencies in latency and speed depending on service requirements.

Cellular IoT evolution for industry digitalization

Cellular IoT has been widely adopted across the globe, with 2G and 3G connectivity enabling many early IoT applications. Greater bandwidth, lower latency and increased support for large volumes of devices per cell are coming to the market with 4G offerings. These will be enhanced further with the arrival of 5G networks, initially enabled by the 5G New Radio (NR) standard, which will enable Ultra-Reliable Low Latency Communications (URLLC) that support increasingly critical applications.

Realize new business models with private networks

From owning and operating their own networks, industries with critical communication needs are now procuring private networks and services that leverage service providers’ existing network assets and operations.

Industry 4.0 - Connectivity is the foundation

Industries are under constant pressure – to improve product quality, boost factory efficiency, stay competitive, enhance safety, security and sustainability, and remain profitable.

Automotive - Connected Vehicles

Are you ready to stand out in the world of new mobility? Use connectivity to amplify your brand's unique personality and strengthen your position on the automotive market. Ericsson makes connectivity easy for vehicle manufacturers. Let’s take this journey together.

Internet of Things (IoT)

From cellular IoT and 5G to connected vehicles and Industry 4.0: it’s all happening, now. But, to realize the full potential of these opportunities, you need intelligent tools. Tools that make it easy to connect and deploy devices across global ecosystems.

Featured reports

5G for business a 2030 market compass

Rise to your 5G business potential with our latest insights. Stepping into 2020, we can say for certain that 5G is taking off - the time to act is now. With an addressable market projection extended in time, there is now a broader context for observations. Across 200+ use cases, 10 different industries and a set of 5G enabled use cases clusters, 18% of the total ICT addressable industry digitalization value and 47% of the 5G enabled B2B value can be addressed by service providers.

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Critical capabilities for private 5G networks

A new generation of private 5G networks is emerging to address critical wireless communication requirements in public safety, operations of industries and critical infrastructure. These private networks are physical or virtual cellular systems that have been deployed for private use by a government, company or group of companies.

Private 5G networks


Cellular IoT RAN solution

Explore diverse use cases ranging from asset tracking and smart metering to more advanced use cases such as drones, AR/VR, autonomous vehicles and collaborative robotics. Leverage existing and future 4G LTE and 5G NR capabilities for Massive IoT, Broadband IoT, Critical IoT and Industrial Automation IoT.

Private Networks

Enable business-critical and mission-critical industrial use cases with 4G and 5G connectivity. Offer scalable and highly reliable solutions for industries and public safety agencies. Use automation and AI to boost network operation quality and efficiency.

IoT Platform

Ericsson IoT Accelerator is a robust solution built to scale service providers IoT business by making it easy for their enterprise customers to connect and manage IoT devices locally and globally.

Enterprise Communication

Make use of your existing internal network by providing communications services for enterprise segments with improved agility and customization. This means providing enterprises and industries with plug and play communications suites for high performance intra and extranet communication.

SD-WAN Orchestration

Expand the product portfolio and realize revenues through connectivity and value-added services. Enable a multi-domain orchestration that handles domains ranging from network access, to the backhaul transport, to the enterprise core, to 5G edge and network slices.