The Voice of 5G - Podcast

Working in telecoms? Interested in 5G, but not really that deep into what it is? This is the podcast for you!


Did you know we’re doing our very own podcast? We’ve nicknamed it “5G for dummies”, but sometimes we take deep-dives into some seriously techy stuff. Be prepared! But mostly we have a lot of fun talking about a topic that fascinates us both. Contact us on

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Paul Cowling and Janina Hedberg

Paul Cowling and Janina Hedberg

Episode 55 - New 5G Antenna Integrated Radio launches

June 02, 2020

A press release went out this week with the heading "New Ericsson AIR solutions to accelerate 5G mid-band deployment" - and we have David Hammarwall, head of product line Radio at Ericsson and Mikael Eriksson, who heads up the antenna business from our Kathrein acquisition to talk about these launches. Learn more about Antenna Integrated Radios and why mid-band spectrum is crucial from these experts - and if you want to see these antennas, watch the live broadcast from earlier this week here.

Episode 54 - COVID-19 impact on mobile networks and 5G

New Ericsson Mobility Report is out with a special section about the impact of the pandemic on mobile networks and network roll-outs and in this episode we have both the Patrik Cerwall, executive editor of that report, and Jasmeet Singh Sethi who has studied how ICT consumers are impacted by the pandemic. You can find Ericsson Mobility Report here and the ConsumerLab study here.

Episode 53 - Cellular IoT and Dedicated Networks – an update!

17 June, 2020

Returning guests Marie Hogan and Thomas Noren reached out to give us an update about all the fascinating things happening in the area of IoT - and especially in the Critical IoT area where dedicated networks play a vital part. The article mentioned in this episode can be found here.

Episode 52 - What is needed to provide 5G beyond mobile broadband?

12 June, 2020

Let's talk some strategy! We have guests from Ericsson's Strategic Customer Engagements team with us today to talk about their new report "Capturing business opportunities beyond mobile broadband" which is a guide for communication service providers wanting to venture into the B2B sphere of providing connectivity not only to smartphone users, but also enterprises. Download the report from here.

Episode 51 - Sweden is live with 5G

08 June, 2020

We were waiting for spectrum auctions, but commercial 5G in Sweden jumped the gun and launched already in May 2020! We have Ericsson's Head of Marketing and Communications in Northern & Central Europe, Thomas Johansen, on the line to talk about how the biggest service provider in Sweden, Telia, has started rolling out their commercial 5G network - what happened, what are they doing, and what's coming?

Episode 50 - Is 5G energy efficient?

23 April, 2020

We're talking to Ericsson's head of sustainability, Mats Pellbäck-Scharp, about how 5G can "break the energy curve". The expectations might be that as 5G means more data being transmitted, it will also use more power. But is that true? Here's the report we're talking about.

Episode 49 - Spectrum sharing update

April 08, 2020

Under lock-down, Dr Sibel Tombaz returns to give us the latest updates on Dynamic Spectrum Sharing - and especially our own Ericsson Spectrum Sharing solution. She visited us in episode 3 when we were talking about 5G spectrum - at a time when 3GPP 5G was still not launched, and there were no 5G phones... To learn more about our spectrum sharing solution, follow this link.

Episode 48 - 5G Roll-Out and Network Services

March 20, 2020

It was 4 AM in Texas and 8 PM in Melbourne when we recorded this podcast with two remote guests - Sören Marklund, Portfolio Strategy for Support Services and Andres Torres, Strategic Product Manager for Network Roll-out services - while we were keeping ourselves away from the ongoing pandemic in our studio. This is the case with TDC, Denmark, mentioned in this episode.

Episode 47 - 5G speed

March 06, 2020

We visit a record breaking 5G speed test and talk to Ericsson's Head of High-Band and Active Antenna Systems, Sibel Tombaz, as well as test expert Anthony Paravati, who is guiding us through the setup of a speed test. You also get some information about different speed tests and what to look out for from Paul, we talk URLLC, and introduce our sister podcast The Startup 5, which will share the same stream.

Episode 46 - 5G Sites, what's happening out there?

February 13, 2020

5G is being rolled out right now, but what's happening on the actual premises where the hardware is when 5G is added? We have Shashi Pemmaraju who's busy managing 5G customer solutions for Ericsson across sites in North America, and Martin Högberg who's our head of site solutions, visiting this episode to talk about 5G Sites.

Episode 45 - Private 5G networks for enterprises

February 04, 2020

We're not keeping quiet about private networks! It's being talked about - but what does private networks actually mean? Manuel Ruiz is Ericsson's head of Mission Critical and Private Networks visits us in the studio to talk about this interesting area - what's happening and how will it be used in the future? And if you want to know more about the techy stuff, here's their new whitepaper

Episode 44 - First 5G updates this decade

January 20, 2020

We recap some 5G news from the last couple of weeks - we talk 5G speed record, 5G for water utilities and eSIM among other interesting occurrences. Read more about eSIM technology, and as usual you can reach us on

Episode 43 - The 5G year or 2019

December 20, 2019

We're summarizing the year together with Ericsson's head of 5G commercialization - Thomas Noren - from the first launches in April until December 19. We also ask Thomas to answer some questions from the live LinkedIn broadcast on November 26! Here you can find the December statistics from GSA, mentioned on the podcast.

Episode 42 - Live on LinkedIn talking Ericsson Mobility Report and 5G in Korea

November 29, 2019

Instead of doing one live broadcast and one podcast episode about the latest 5G forecast figures - now reaching all the way to 2025 - we combined the two and actually recorded the podcast live in Ericsson's showroom, with guests Patrik Cerwall and Jawad Manssour. You can see all our pretty faces here and download the report here .

Episode 41 - 5G news and tweets

November 22, 2019

We are excited that the president of the USA is tweeting about 5G - but also about all the interesting 5G news out there and some tweets we got after our last episode about 5G indoors! Paul will dig down and talk a bit about wifi and also explain how building owners can use the Ericsson Radio Dot system to provide multi-operator coverage in for example shopping centers.

Episode 40 - 5G indoors

November 15, 2019

When it comes down to seamless connectivity - what about when you take your smartphone indoors? Do you use WiFi, DAS or Small Cells? We have Jessey Huang visiting us in the studio all the way from Beijing, and Lindsay Beall from Ottowa in Canada on the phone - giving us their best sales pitch for 5G indoor coverage!

Episode 39 - 5G Antennas

November 11, 2019

What's so special about radio antennas for 5G? We have Ericsson's Strategic Product Manager for Radio with us in the podcast studio and he'll explain all about Active Antennas - antennas with radios built in, and also give us an update on why it was important for Ericsson to acquire the antenna and filter part from our long-time partner Kathrein.

Episode 38 - Artificial Intelligence in 5G

November 01, 2019

What is AI and what does it have to do in a 5G network? We're joined in the studio by Rickard Cöster, technical expert of data science machine learning at Ericsson Research and Patrik Persson, strategic product manager for "AI in RAN" to give you an overview. You can find out more about the launch here and contact us on

Episode 37 - 5G at Mobile World Congress Los Angeles

October 24, 2019

It's the week of Mobile World Congress - this time in Los Angeles, California - and we talk to B2B tech influencer Evan Kirstel who's covering the event for Ericsson on site. What's the highlights he's seen so far? And does he have a 5G phone?

Episode 36 - 5G in India

October 21, 2019

We give you a very brief update about what was showing at India Mobile Congress and an interview with Nitin Bansal, Managing Director and Head of Network Solutions for Ericsson in India who talks about what's happening with 5G in the country which GSMA is expecting to have 88 million 5G subscriptions in 2025.

Episode 35 - 5G business potential - a market compass

October 10, 2019

What areas can service providers expect to be making money on with their 5G connectivity? We have Martin Ekstrand in the studio guiding us through a new study called "5G for business - a 2030 market compass", looking into potential revenues for 200 use cases across 10 industries - and find that industry digitalization could be a USD 700 billion opportunity by 2030. Download the report here and register for the live webinar on October 29 here. Music: May the Chords Be With You by Computer Music All-stars, and contact us on

Episode 34 - 5G sustainability and listener questions

September 30, 2019

As it's #UNGA74 we have a look into our own Technology For Good Impact Report and talk about a couple of cases wher 5G can contribute. We also bring up some 5G news and answer a bunch of listener questions. Download the report here and read the blog Paul mentions here. Music: May the Chords Be With You by Computer Music All-stars, and contact us on

Episode 33 - Educational: 5G chipsets and 5G spectrum updates

September 15, 2019

Focus your multi-array nanometerwave antennas for radio signals on this new episode where we try to make sense of the basics behind the latest 5G news and developments. Then use those 20 Hz to 20,000 Hz lowband receivers and let us entertain you! Music: May the Chords Be With You by Computer Music All-stars, and contact us on

Episode 32 - Analyzing the 5G summer of 2019

September 05, 2019

We're visited by industry analyst (and influencer) Daryl Schoolar - practice leader of Ovum's Intelligent Networks team, specializing in the mobile access network. He has been vising Ericsson HQ to present their view on what's happening in the telecom industry - and he's also a podcast listener. Now he has the opportunity to tell us what he sees happening in 5G. Follow him on twitter @DHSchoolar and contact us via e-mail on

Episode 31 - 5G news recap to July 10 2019

August 09, 2019

After a couple of episodes of interviews and events we're recapping what's happened in the last couple of weeks with 5G launches all over the world! Let us know if there's something we've missed by e-mailing us on or pinging us on social media - we're on twitter @janinahed & @PaulCowlng. And we'll be back in August! Music: May the Chords Be With You by Computer Music All-stars

Episode 30 - Drones, ambulances and autonomous vehicles

July 08, 2019

We're taking our show on the road by visiting Kista Mobility Day where Ericsson and other tech companies and initiatives were showing the latest connected inventions on the streets - right in an area covered by our 5G test networks! We talked drones with Petra Dalunde from Urban ICT Arena, connected ambulances with Ericsson's Kati Öhman and afterwards we also managed to talk to Per Degerman, CTO of Einride, who were showing their T-Pod, an autonomous and fully electric truck. More about Einride here.

Episode 29 - New deployment solutions for 5G

June 19, 2019

We're visited by Hannes Ekström, head of product line 5G RAN in Ericsson Networks who tells us all about the latest product additions to Ericsson's 5G Platform, more about that here. Paul also talks about running "the Ragnar" - a 285km race around Mälaren - and we update you on the latest 5G news.

Episode 28: New 5G forecasts and launching 5G with Sprint

June 14, 2019

Two great guests visits us! First the executive editor of Ericsson Mobility Report, Patrik Cerwall, who talks about how wrong he was in Episode 4. Second, Ajit Bhatia, who's been working together with Ericsson's customer Sprint to launch 5G across four cities in the US, gives us an update on that launch. If you want to know more about what Sprint is doing - listen to Ivo Rook, Senior Vice President of IoT at Sprint, you can find that interview on the IoT podcast here.

Episode 27: 5G news and guests

May 31, 2019

Not everyone in Ericsson works with Networks – today we are talking to Anne Bezancon and Paul McLachlan from Emodo, part of Ericsson's Technology and New Businesses area. They have another perspective of the use of 5G and explain their vision of what happens when 5G meets data science. The podcast they mention is called FIVE, and more about Emodo here. And of course we have the usual roundup of all the latest 5G news. Enjoy!

Episode 26: 5G for Industries

May 24, 2019

In episode 24 we talked about 5G for Consumers, but of course we also need to talk about 5G for Industries. What's in 5G for enterprises - manufacturing - healthcare and other areas? We're joined via Skype from London by Peter Marshall to talk about this important topic. Here's the report Peter mentions in the podcast.

Episode 25: Live from 5G Transport Summit

May 16, 2019

We have two of Ericsson's customers visiting the podcast - Klaus Liechti of Swisscom, Switzerland, and Glenn Landgren from Hi3G, Denmark, and we're recording live from the 5G Transport Summit in Gothenburg. For questions, comments and suggestions e-mail us on

Episode 24: 5G for Consumers

May 14, 2019

What's in 5G for consumers? And what's the business potential for communication service providers (ie mobile operators)? We talk to Head of Ericsson's ConsumerLab, Jasmeet Singh Sethi, about their latest study "5G Consumer Potential" and wonder what will be the next "killer app". Download the report here, it's free. Music: May the Chords Be With You by Computer Music All-stars

Episode 23: 5G Core

April 30, 2019

What are core networks and what's so different with 5G Core that it's not launched until 2020? We have Ericsson's head of 5G Core, Erwin van Rijssen, with us in the studio to explain Stand Alone (SA) versus Non-Stand Alone (NSA) 5G, EPC vs 5GC and the user benefits of Network Slicing. Last week Erwin participated in a webinar about Network Slicing, and if you want to know more you can see it here. Music: May the Chords Be With You by Computer Music All-stars.

Episode 22: 5G networks launched

April 24, 2019

Faster than we imagined and a bit of the race to launch the first 5G networks for enhanced mobile broadband for consumers with smartphones! Ericsson's Janina Hedberg and Paul Cowling spends this week's episode on topics like what's happening in South Korea, US and Switzerland, what about the 5Groeningen winners, the development of micro processors - and Dogglas the dog turning 13.

Episode 21: 5G history and future

April 1, 2019

Ericsson's Head of Research, Magnus Frodigh, and Head of Technology Strategy, Håkan "Mr 5G" Andersson joins us in the studio to talk about how 5G came to be, what it is now, and what it will be in the future - and will there be a 6G?

Episode 20: 5G Chipsets & Devices

March 29, 2019

Come with us as we do a deep-dive into the world of interoperability tests, 5G chipsets and 5G devices – smartphones! – together with our Global Partner Director, Lisa Englund. And we also talk a bit about 5G Transport – will it be microwave or fiber? This is where you can find the Microwave Outlook mentioned in the podcast. Here’s the blog by Kevin Murphy and just out - Mobile Transport Evolution available for download.

Episode 19: 5G Operations & Maintenance

March 22, 2019

5G networks are getting closer and closer to being available for the general public - what does network service providers need to think about when it comes to operating and maintaining networks - and in particular when it comes to 5G? We have Gillian Leetch in the studio to explain.

Episode 18: 5G news and chocolates

March 15, 2019

Verizon just announced their upcoming 5G services launching April 11 in Chicago and Minneapolis, USA - and now with 3GPP standards. We celebrate this, the first 5G network in Sweden for industrial use case testing, Pi Day, Albert Einstein's and Paul Cowling's birthdays.

Episode 17: 5G in North America

March 8, 2019

Things are happening in 5G for the big operators in the US. We caught up with Ericsson's Head of Marketing for 5G in North America, Peter Linder - also known as @OneLinders on Twitter - to get his take on what's happening "over there".

Episode 16: 5G live at Mobile World Congress

March 1, 2019

At the year's biggest event for the mobile tech industry Ericsson's Janina Hedberg and Paul Cowling are joined by the team behind Ericsson's massive stand and we get their takes on how the event was - because it was all about 5G.

Episode 15: Evolved 5G Platform

February 22, 2019

It's the week before Mobile World Congress 2019 and Janina Hedberg and Paul Cowling are joined in the studio by Eva Hedfors, Head of Marketing and Communications for Ericsson Digital Services, to talk about Ericsson's big product launch - the Evolved 5G Platform.

Episode 14: 5G pre-MWC19

February 15, 2019

What will happen at Mobile World Congress this year? Will there be anything related to 5G? In this episode Janina Hedberg and Paul Cowling are joined by three colleagues from Ericsson's MWC19 team and squeeze them for information about what we can expect, what Ericsson will show, how they prepare for the event and much more!

Episode 13: 5G Security

February 8, 2019

What about 5G and security? In this episode Janina Hedberg and Paul Cowling talk network security - and cellular network security in particular - with RAN security leader Jonathan Olsson. Download the paper mentioned in the podcast here.

Episode 12: 5G & IoT

January 31, 2019

What is the Internet of Things and what does it have to do with 5G? In this episode Janina Hedberg and Paul Cowling talk about connecting things, animals, plants and more with Marie Hogan, Head of Broadband and IoT at Ericsson Networks. Download the whitepaper mentioned in the podcast here.

Episode 11: 5G at World Economic Forum

January 25, 2019

What are they saying about 5G at the World Economic Forum? In this episode Janina Hedberg and Paul Cowling talk to Ericsson's CTO Erik Ekudden about what's happening in Davos when it comes to 5G - and we also talk to Anette Lundvall about the special edition of Ericsson Mobility Report which is handed out at the forum. You can download the report here and find Eric's blog on national CTO's here.

Episode 10: What's cooking on 5G?

January 18, 2019

Is it chips or crisps? In this episode Ericsson's Paul Cowling and Janina Hedberg slowcook a few listener questions, serve you an update about 5G smartphones and boil down what you can see around you when it comes to antennas and equipment.

Episode 9: 5G subscriptions and monetization

January 11, 2019

What happens to our mobile broadband subscriptions with 5G? Ericsson's Paul Cowling and Janina Hedberg have a chat with the author of a new report "Mobile Service Packaging Towards 5G", Greger Blennerud, and make a deep-dive into mobile subscription options. You can try out the Mobility Calculator for your own needs here.

Episode 8: Highflying and low mining 5G news

January 4, 2019

What's the latest 5G news? What happened late December and early January when we were on holiday? Let Ericsson's Janina Hedberg and Paul Cowling take you through the different aspects of the new generation of mobile network technology! In this eighth episode - a special New Year's episode - we go through the latest 5G news and comment on what's up and what's down in the 5G area at the moment - will we get 5G on airplanes and in mines?

Episode 7: The back and forth of 5G

December 19, 2018

What's happened with 5G in 2018 and what can we see coming in early 2019? Let Ericsson's Janina Hedberg and Paul Cowling take you through the different aspects of the new generation of mobile network technology! In this seventh episode we recap what’s happened during the last 12 months – and what is happening in the near future?

Episode 6: 5G News & Hot Consumer Trends

December 13, 2018

What's hot in the latest 5G news? Let Ericsson's Janina Hedberg and Paul Cowling take you through the different aspects of the new generation of mobile network technology! In this sixth episode we talk about the latest 5G news - and that 5G is part of the 10 Hot Consumer Trends just released.

Episode 5: 5G Transport

December 7, 2018

What is 5G transport? Let Ericsson's Janina Hedberg and Paul Cowling take you through the different aspects of the new generation of mobile network technology! In this fifth episode we take a deep-dive into the world of transport networks and microwave backhaul.

Episode 4: 5G in Ericsson Mobility Report

November 30, 2018

What are the predictions about 5G in Ericsson Mobility Report? Let Ericsson's Janina Hedberg and Paul Cowling talk you through how the new generation of mobile network technology is developing from now until 2024 – we’ve had a look at the forecasts in Ericsson Mobility Report together with Mr Mobility Report himself - Patrik Cerwall.

Episode 3: 5G Spectrum

November 27, 2018

What is 5G Spectrum? Let Ericsson's Janina Hedberg and Paul Cowling take you through the different aspects of the new generation of mobile network technology! In this third episode we make a deep dive into what 5G spectrum is – and we have our first podcast interview with Sibel Tombaz!

Episode 2: What is not 5G?

November 15, 2018

What is not 5G? Let Ericsson's Janina Hedberg and Paul Cowling take you through the G's that were not 5G in this episode about the previous generations of mobile technology.

Episode 1: What is 5G?

November 8, 2018

What is 5G really? Let Ericsson's Janina Hedberg and Paul Cowling take you through the different aspects of the new generation of mobile network technology! In this first episode we skim the surface and ask the question: What is 5G?

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