Evolving the future with network architecture

Good architecture forms the foundation of communication networks. It powers the most innovative platform for the ecosystem, provides an overview of all system activity, plus supports future innovations.

As such, it's vital that the architecture is built and sustained correctly. Join Ericsson at the forefront of current and future architecture initiatives, engineering a continuous industry evolution like no other.

Creating business innovation with the future network

We have always led system architecture development, successfully bridging the gap between businesses, IT and networks, as well as embracing enterprise architecture principles to cover all organizational layers: strategy, business, information systems, network and technology.

The diagram below is a starting point in explaining Ericsson's view of good network architecture.

Global architecture image

This is our latest infrastructure model. It is designed with the operator and its customers in mind, enabling digital transformation across industries and society. With the option to change and improve individual sections rather than the entire system, we can divide a complex problem into more manageable components that can be handled by the relevant area. This enables each element to be focused on as an entity in itself, and to advance separately from the evolution of the system.

Application cloud

The architecture model distributes information in real time across billions of machines, data stream analytics and control systems.

Management and monetization

Adapting to ever-changing business needs, the architecture will support rapid product and service deployments to boost efficiency, as well as the network's dynamic behavior to address new opportunities.

Cloud infrastructure architecture

The architecture is designed to provide distributed cloud solutions and work across various cloud models, including public, private and hybrid, to maximize agility, optimize costs, and application performance.


Networks will experience huge increases in traffic, so a flexible transport infrastructure is designed to meet future connectivity demands.

Access, mobility and network applications

The ability to deliver access, mobility and network applications to any industry will provide billions of connected devices with many new services. The architecture model acts as a platform for new possibilities, creating endless opportunities for businesses.

Mobile access
Mobile access handle radio protocol up to layer 2, including encryption and mobility management.

Fixed access
The fixed access networks enable wireline and wireless fixed access – both private and business services – to share a common infrastructure.

Packet core
The packet core network handles wireless access authentication and authorization, as well as network point of presence.

Communication services
Communication services provide functionality for voice and video services, messaging and other inter-operable services.