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Taking the next step to lead in 5G in the US

Announcing Ericsson’s 5G Core and Orchestration Virtual Innovation Center

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Jan Karlsson 

Senior Vice President, Head of Business Area Digital Services

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The US market is leading the way in 5G.  Over the last 12 months, we have supported several of our US customers to deploy “first” 5G networks.  In addition, the first cloud native network functions have been introduced in real networks.

US service providers are now preparing for the deployment of 5G Standalone 5G Core networks, which will unlock significant benefits. For instance, new 3GPP core networks will work with 5G NR in the radio access network, utilizing a cloud-native design to deliver new services much faster than before. Service providers will leverage end-to-end slices with automated orchestration to allow one network to behave like many, which will improve total cost of ownership.

Ericsson has been ramping up its US-based workforce, investing in readiness for 5G core. To date we have reskilled 60 employees – with ambitions to double that number in the coming year - in the domain related to trials and proof-of-concepts, and now we take the next step, announcing Ericsson’s new US 5G Core and Orchestration Virtual Innovation Center (VIC).  The Center will leverage Ericsson’s global 5G-competence and will expand with more US expertise across packet core, orchestration, assurance and cloud infrastructure.  They will harden the solutions’ end-to-end and perform testing on how Ericsson software operates in different cloud infrastructure environments. 

The VIC is virtual and will bring together employees based in Plano, Texas and others located across the US.  In the coming years we plan to both reskill and recruit net new US-based talent to leverage the Center, allowing them to leverage each other’s skills, share tools and address growing customer demands within the 5G Core network and associated orchestration support. 

Communication service providers all around the world have chosen to deploy 5G using our leading network technology. Ericsson has 24 publicly-announced contracts and we are first to have live networks in 4 continents around the world.

As we launch the new Virtual Innovation Center in the US, I look forward to using it and Ericsson’s global resources and innovation to ensure our US customers win the 5G race.

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