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The journey to 5G

5G will enable the full potential of a Networked Society, where everything that benefits from being connected will be connected. 5G will enable organizations to innovate in order to move into new markets and build new revenue streams with radically new business models and use cases, including Internet of Things (IoT) applications.

5G will deliver to a diverse set of performance needs through network slicing, flexible deployment, and application optimized networks. Our 5G Ready Core is based on five key technologies: Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), Software Defined Networking (SDN), Distributed Cloud, Network Slicing and Orchestration. It is all about making services and networks more responsive to changing market conditions. This allows operators to apply the concepts that can be done only at manual scale today to an industrial scale tomorrow.

SDN brings the power of programmability and automation to networks. Ericsson’s approach to SDN is to transform networks into an agile, on demand, and application-responsive entity.

The opportunity for service providers

Rising user expectations are changing the competitive landscape for most network operators. To be relevant for a new breed of use cases, network operators need to move to a mode of operation that is agile and tailored to individual needs – much like application providers are doing today.

The biggest advantage that SDN will bring to the network operator is agility. Agility also drives revenue growth and improves operational efficiency.

The agility provided by automating network engineering tasks drives rapid service creation – reducing the time to market (and time to revenues) for new service offerings. Automation is also key to improving operational efficiency, by reducing the amount of manual intervention and coordination needed for network engineering tasks.

Bringing SDN to service provider networks

Ericsson’s take on SDN is what we call service provider SDN. Realizing the potential of SDN in today’s service provider networks means more than separating the forwarding and control planes. Applying the SDN concepts to service provider networks requires us to think more holistically. This view consists of three key ideas:

  1. Consolidate: instead of a centralized control plane for a single type of network element like routers, we need to consider a logically centralized control plane covering the data center and all elements of the wide area network.
  2. Automate: end-to-end service provisioning and service creation.
  3. Expose: the ability to abstract service capabilities of the underlying infrastructure and expose them to applications using a programmable interface.

The agility that builds on SDN-driven programmability – letting people, enterprises, devices and applications decide on their connectivity requirements automatically, in real time – enables new business models and markets, and drives revenue growth. This personalization on a massive scale can only be done cost-effectively with the capabilities that Ericsson’s service provider SDN brings to the networks.

Ericsson – your trusted partner for SDN transformation

Transforming the service provider infrastructure to enable new business models and drive innovation is an inclusive and collaborative process. To be successful, this process should bring together the service provider, its customers, infrastructure vendors, and a vibrant application marketplace that includes many independent software vendors. Through our leadership in open source initiatives like OpenDaylight, Open Platform for NFV (OPNFV) and OpenStack, Ericsson is committed to keeping the SDN ecosystem open to foster collaborative development.

We provide end-to-end technical solutions combined with our unparalleled understanding of telecom networks and business. We have a truly open approach to developing our SDN solutions, which come with a level of pre-integration to enable fast deployment. The tight integration with policy management systems enable a highly granular personalization of service offers.

A comprehensive SDN portfolio

Our SDN offerings go beyond the SDN controller products and a comprehensive transformation services portfolio. Ericsson also offers pre-integrated solutions for service providers that build on a combination of Ericsson products, services and third party products.


Cloud SDN

Provides seamless intra & inter-datacenter connectivity for virtual, physical and container-based workloads. It uniquely combines industrial grade design with advanced routing capabilities in a full open source, community-driven solution.



Analyzes the business problems that need to be addressed, identifies the business goals and objectives, and defines or reviews the strategy set to achieve these goals and objectives.


In this phase, the end-to-end architecture along with the functional, technical and operational requirements is designed through high level and low level designs. The organization, operational processes and OSS are assessed with the objective to find the gaps between the as-is and to-be states.

Solution Management

Once the deployment of new infrastructure has taken place, the solution needs to be managed and optimized across the entire lifecycle.


Network Functions Virtualization infrastructure

Our verified and open NFVi solution combined with a proven track record of successful NFV Transformation projects supported by global experience in Network Function Virtualization transformation services and knowledge. Ericsson introduce a complete offering in NFVi supporting multiple deployment scenarios and strategies.

SDN highlights

White papers and articles

SDN references

Press releases and news

5G use case and network evolution

Networks are evolving to meet the needs of new use cases with different demands on mobility, data rates, latency, reliability and device density. In the latest Ericsson Mobility Report, we explore how networks are evolving to meet these requirements.

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