The 5G Timeline

The Ericsson 5G timeline provides a temporal overview of the milestones towards 5G standardizations and commercialization and Ericsson’s related contributions over the past years covering technology updates and reference collaborations with relevance for the success of 5G in Germany with eco-system partners covering ICT, advanced industries, politics and academia.

5G standardization and commercial milestones
Ericsson 5G: Technology and product evolution
Ericsson 5G: Research and partner collaboration milestones
2019
October
September
July
July 2019

Vodafone Germany 5G commercial launch

June
June 2019

Ericsson launches standalone (SA) 5G NR software

June 2019

Ericsson and Telefónica make 5G car manufacturing a reality for Mercedes-Benz’s Factory 56

June 2019

Ericsson launches edge solution for cloud application development

June 2019

Ericsson, e.GO and Vodafone Germany launch 5G car manufacturing

April
April 2019

Swisscom launches the first commercial 5G network in Europe based on Ericsson technology

April 2019

Fraunhofer IPT and Ericsson present 5G-Industry Campus Europe Concept

April 2019

Ericsson brings 5G connectivity to Hannover Messe 2019

February
February 2019

Ericsson enhances 5G platform with Dualmode 5G Cloud Core solution

February 2019

Ericsson and Deutsche Telekom launch Campus Network at Osram

2018
December 2018

First 5G commercial launch globally in South Korea by SK Telecom

September
September 2018

First 5G data call in Europe with Swisscom

August
August 2018

Audi and Ericsson pioneering 5G for automotive manufacturing

July
July 2018

Ericsson and Deutsche Telekom launch National 5G Energy Hub research project

June
June 2018

3GPP 5G New Radio (NR) standard officially signed off

April
April 2018

Foundation of the 5G- Alliance for Connected Industries and Automation

March
March 2018

IoT Business Lab opening at Ericsson ICT Development Center Eurolab

March 2018

5G-Blisk: World’s first 5G NR use-case together with Fraunhofer IPT

February
February 2018

Future 5G NR readiness of Ericsson Radio System products through software update

February 2018

Ericsson Distributed Cloud solution launch for low-latency use-cases

2017
December 2017

3GPP Release 15 Non-Standalone including 5G NR compatibility and network slicing

March
March 2017

3GPP Release 14 including eMBMS enhancements for LTE

March 2017

Ypsomed collaboration within “5G for Switzerland”

February
February 2017

Ericsson, Deutsche Telekom and Stromnetz Berlin testing 5G for the energy sector

February 2017

Ericsson leads European 5GCAR project

2016
November 2016

FIR Center Connected Industries opening at RWTH-Aachen campus

November 2016

5G-ConnectedMobility consortium launch

October
October 2016

5Groningen pilot area 5G Field Lab launch in the Netherlands

September
September 2016

Foundation of the 5GAA (5G-Automotive Association)

June
June 2016

Ericsson launches 5G plug-ins to equip existing networks for 5G

March
March 2016

Technical work on 5G New Radio (NR) officially started in 3GPP

2015
November 2015

German Digital Summit 2015: First public 5G demonstration to German chancellor Angela Merkel

September
September 2015

Foundation of 5G for Europe program

July
July 2015

METIS-II project start: Initial 5G radio access network design

July 2015

Cloud Lab Center opening at Ericsson ICT Development Center Eurolab

June
June 2015

5G cooperation with TU Dresden / 5G Lab Germany

April
April 2015

Ericsson chairing new established 5G working group in the German National Digital Summit process

February
February 2015

All Ericsson Radio System products are getting 5G-ready

January
January 2015

KOI project start: Reliable low-latency communication for industries

2012
November 2012

METIS project start: Laying the foundation of 5G