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Erik Ekudden
Erik Ekudden, Group CTO and Head of Technology & Architecture

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The diverse requirements of a growing set of use cases in the areas of enhanced mobile broadband, ultra-reliable low-latency communication and massive machine-type communications continue to drive the evolution toward 5G. It is increasingly clear that meeting these requirements in a cost-efficient manner will require enhancements not only to RAN and mobile core networks, but also to the transport network, which links all the pieces together. In fact, our research suggests that full automation of the transport network will be necessary to provide the required degree of flexibility without triggering a significant increase in operator opex.

The latest Ericsson Technology Review article presents Ericsson’s solution to the 5G transport challenge, which uses software-defined networking and a clever application called the transport intelligent function to design an optimal 5G transport network architecture. 

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Enabling intelligent transport in 5G networks

March 21, 2018

Increasing RAN and mobile broadband service capacity, new 5G-enabled services and the dynamic deployment flexibility of the 5G RAN split architecture are just a few examples of the growing list of demands that the transport network must meet. These demands are particularly evident in the fronthaul portion of RAN, where latency and synchronization requirements are especially challenging. Overcoming the 5G transport challenge requires a level of flexibility that would be very costly without automation. Our proposed solution provides the requisite intelligence and acts as a catalyst for automation, enabling operators to meet the 5G requirements of multiple use cases while simultaneously reducing opex.

Industrial automation enabled by robotics, machine intelligence and 5G

February 15, 2018

The emergent “fourth industrial revolution” will have a profound impact on both industry and society in the years ahead. Robotics, machine intelligence and 5G networks in particular will play major roles in this revolution by enabling ever higher levels of automation for production processes. 

Open, intelligent and model-driven: evolving OSS

February 7, 2018

The simplicity required to deploy and manage services in future network and infrastructure operations is driving the need to rethink traditional operations support systems (OSS). To unleash the potential of 5G, Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and software-defined networking (SDN), future OSS need to be open, intelligent and able to support model-driven automation.

CTO's comments about the latest magazine

The latest issue of Ericsson Technology Review includes articles that shed light on important topics including the evolution of LTE to fit the 5G future; an overview of the latest developments in microwave backhaul; and how DevOps can be used to satisfy demands for faster turnaround in feature development.

It also contains our annual technology trends article, in which I present what I believe are the five trends to watch in our industry in the years ahead, namely: an adaptable technology base, the dawn of true machine intelligence, end-to-end security and identity for IoT, an extended-distributed IoT platform, and overlaying reality with knowledge.

I hope you find the contents of this issue of the magazine as thought-provoking as I do. All of the articles included here are also available individually on our website. Please feel free to share them via e-mail or social media.

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Erik Ekudden
Erik Ekudden, Group CTO and Head of Technology & Architecture

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