From a record number of entries received, an independent jury of industry analysts awarded Ericsson’s (NASDAQ:ERIC) 5G radio test bed with the Informa Telecoms & Media’s LTE Asia Award for the category “Biggest Contribution to 5G Development”. This is the first time 5G has been recognized as an award category in the Asia Pacific region by the organization.
The LTE Asia Awards stated purpose is to celebrate the triumphs and innovations of the LTE and 5G market in Asia. Ericsson 5G research has come out of the labs and into live test networks with eleven leading operators working with Ericsson 5G radio test beds already publicly announced, with eight of these being in Asia.
Ericsson 5G radio test beds are where innovation meets implementation, enabling operators, eco-system partners, academia and analysts to test 5G capabilities live. In addition to providing real-world demonstrations of 5G performance and applications, Ericsson 5G radio test beds also enable live testing of key capabilities, such as Multipoint Connectivity with Distributed MIMO and 5G-LTE Dual Connectivity, to ensure a smooth evolution to 5G and rapid adoption of new 5G-based services.
Thomas Norén, Vice President and Head of Radio Product Management, Ericsson, says: “Being recognized by industry analysts for the biggest contribution to 5G development is a great validation of the leadership position that Ericsson has staked out in 5G. Ericsson 5G radio test beds are being deployed for operators worldwide. In less than a year, test beds moved out of the lab and into live indoor and outdoor network environments in Japan, Sweden and the US, where they can integrate with LTE networks.”
Ericsson 5G radio test beds work to secure early and successful adoption of new 5G-based services, when they become available, to ensure that operators’ investments achieve a rapid ROI and that users and other 5G beneficiaries clearly experience 5G differentiation.
The test beds focus on the interactions between mobile devices and the radio access network, both indoors and outside. 5G will encompass an evolution of today's LTE technology and the addition of new radio access technologies, often in higher frequencies. Ericsson’s new 5G air interface, called “NX”, is used in the 5G test bed devices and base stations. The Ericsson 5G radio test bed has demonstrated not only record-breaking throughput, but also the tight interworking between network layers, frequency bands, and technology standards that will be critical to ensuring seamless connectivity for billions of connected devices, machines and things, supporting consumer, business and industrial applications.
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