Joint research and development for innovative machine-type communication. New Networking Concepts for Multimedia Delivery for tomorrow’s end-users. Cooperation underlines Ericsson 5G engagement in Europe.

Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) and the Technische Universität Dresden (TU Dresden) today announced a collaboration on 5G research, to address some of the challenges the fifth generation of mobile communication faces in enabling the full potential of a Networked Society. One area of the cooperation with TU Dresden’s 5G Lab Germany will be low-latency and ultra-high reliability communication for critical use cases; for example, autonomous driving, management of Smart Grids and the Tactile Internet. Another topic will be on new network concepts for high-bandwidth multimedia delivery of future video services. Ericsson and the TU Dresden will work together on advanced technology solutions and develop proof of concepts showcases and prototypes on industry specific use cases.

Professor Dr. Gerhard Fettweis, coordinator of the 5G Lab Germany at TU Dresden, says: "Involving Ericsson as a leading player in cellular and 5G strengthens our strategy to drive our ideas to innovations and make the Tactile Internet happen. With Ericsson’s system insights and know-how we can apply our new technological concepts, like frequency diversity exploitation techniques, to future mobile networking solutions for critical use cases."

The collaboration will work in harmony with Ericsson’s cooperation with King’s College London and build on other leading European research institute and university partnerships on 5G recently announced with the Royal Institute of Technology, Chalmers University of Technology and Lund University.

Valter D’Avino, Ericsson Head of Region Western and Central Europe, says: "The collaboration with TU Dresden will accelerate the momentum around smart cities and evolved industries powered by 5G in Germany and underscores Ericsson’s ongoing commitment to innovate in Europe and develop 5G with relevant partners as the basis of a networked society and of digitized economies in the next decades. We see 5G as an uplift for Europe."

As the world’s leading telecom infrastructure software and services supplier Ericsson is leading the EU project METIS (Mobile and wireless communications Enablers for Twenty-twenty (2020) Information Society) and been a driving force of 5G PPP (5G Infrastructure Public-Private Partnership), in which vendors, operators and players from industries such as the automotive, utilities and automation sectors are working closely together.

5G is expected to begin commercial rollout in 2020. Around that time Ericsson believes that we will witness up to 50 billion connected devices, mainly in machine-to-machine communication. 5G networks will enable a wide variety of use-cases such as evolved mobile broadband services, a range of machine-to-machine communication, future media distribution.

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