Ericsson CTO Ulf Ewaldsson discusses the enormous responsibility Ericsson takes in leading the industry and ensuring that 5G becomes the global standard. Our customers are the most important part of any ecosystem and we are very proud to be their partner on the 5G journey. We have earned this confidence by always delivering what we promise. And we will again.

We are entering an exciting phase of the 5G journey. The gigantic standardization process is gaining ground and great efforts are being made in all areas to align the industry. As the technology leader, Ericsson takes enormous responsibility in leading this journey and ensuring that 5G becomes the global standard.

The success of 4G was down to the creation of strong ecosystems and their importance will increase even more with 5G. I see many exciting developments on the horizon as we begin to build ecosystems based on three pillars:

  • Trusted partnerships with our customers for joint development of 5G. To date, we have signed 20 MoUs with our customers.
  • We have so far run 15 industry pilots with 20 companies in different industry segments as a way of understanding their needs and building sustainable solutions for the digitalization of whole industries.
  • The evolution and development of new products and services, in which our test beds have left the labs and are now in live trials.

We are extremely happy with all our collaborations to date and I’d like to highlight some of the major announcements within 5G, the Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud: we have announced our partnership with Cisco and the Ericsson Dynamic Service Manager, and also the global alliance with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to accelerate cloud transformation in the telecommunications service provider industry. With them, Ericsson continues to solidify its position as a leading ICT transformation partner for customers across industries. In addition, the new IoT transformation offering leverages Ericsson's global services footprint, industry experience, and technology leadership all to help our customers drive IoT business.

In addition, I am also really pleased about important research initiatives like METIS I and METIS II, which have provided significant input into the standardization that is about to begin.

At this year’s Mobile World Congress, we proudly present the result of many years’ of work within 5G. We are now delivering the technologies we promised to deliver: broader carrier, distributed MIMO, multi-user MIMO, beam steering, and lower latency. As shown in Hall 2, the Ericsson test bed is impressive and our 5G Radio Prototypes are already delivering more than 12Gbps mobile experience per user in live networking environments with downlink throughput of more than 25Gbps using MU-MIMO.

We are also giving visitors to Mobile World Congress the opportunity to experience the next wave of 5G through demos presented together with our industry partners and featuring exciting technology such as haptic helicopters, critical remote machinery, 5G robotics, bus platooning, and agriculture applications with sensors.

Our customers are the most important part of any ecosystem and we are very proud to be their partner on the 5G journey. We have earned this confidence by always delivering what we promise. And we will again.


Reflections by Ericsson

Written by:

Ulf Ewaldsson

Ulf Ewaldsson
Senior Vice President, Group CTO and Head of Group Function Technology

Ulf Ewaldsson is Senior Vice President, Group CTO and Head of Group Function Technology at Ericsson. He was previously Head of Product Area Radio at Ericsson’s Business Unit Networks, where he was instrumental in helping to create products that reflect Ericsson’s technology leadership, such as HSPA and LTE in the radio-access network, the multi-standard RBS 6000, and the antenna-integrated radio unit.

As well as the current chairman of Ericsson’s Research Board, Ulf is also a member of the European Cloud Partnership Steering Board and the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities headed by the European Commission. He has more than 20 years of experience in product management, industry development and customer relations. He has held leadership positions at Ericsson in China, Japan, Hungary and Sweden.