The journey to 5G is off to an amazing start and Ericsson has been making outstanding progress with a number of milestones reached this year alone. As CTO, I couldn’t be more pleased of what we have achieved in such a short space of time. We are ready for a number of new challenges during the rest of 2016 and we are looking forward to working alongside our existing and previous customers on your 5G journeys.
If you haven’t started to plan for 5G, it is time to act. Look around and you’ll see that industry after industry is starting to make plans for how their business will be impacted by digital transformation. Click here to discover what 5G will mean to your industry.
I am proud that Ericsson is the leader in the field of 5G system technology. We have been a key player in defining the 5G manifesto for Europe and our extensive efforts, with the most accepted standard contributions, in making 5G a global standard show signs of good progress. Here are just some of the key developments in 5G Ericsson has announced recently:
- In May, we publicized our on-going cooperation with China Unicom on 5G, cloud and IoT. We aim to accelerate the development of next-generation network standardization and the maturity of network infrastructure, while establishing cross-industry ecosystems and fostering innovation for new business.
- In June, we announced the world's first transcontinental 5G trial. Along with SK Telecom and Deutsche Telekom, Ericsson will deploy a trial network in South Korea and Germany using key 5G-ready core technologies to enable a global reach for advanced 5G use cases by optimizing roaming experiences. We performed a successful proof of concept of dynamic 5G network slicing in a 5G-ready core network along with Japan’s DOCOMO and FET signed a 5G MoU with Ericsson for 5G in Taiwan including the establishment of the first 5G Lab in the country.
- July saw a demonstration of 5G tactile robotic surgery at the King's College London. The live networking demo signaled something of a breakthrough in healthcare with 5G-enabled robotic surgery to be used for remote diagnosis or emergency surgery.
- In August, we conducted the world’s first 5G drone prototype field trial using China Mobile’s cellular network with 5G-enabled technologies and with handovers across multiple sites. Also in August, we were the first to showcase 5G in Southeast Asia with a live demonstration in cooperation with Singtel of end-to-end low latency live video streaming over 5G.
When it comes to partners on the 5G journey, there’s only one option: go for experience. I really trust our industry leadership, research capacity, and vision to support your company throughout your digital transformation and into the world of opportunities that 5G offers. I hope these examples make you want to learn more and get in touch. As I wrote above, if you haven’t started to plan for 5G, the time to act is now. Click here to discover what 5G will mean to your industry.
See you on the road.
Reflections by Ericsson
Learn about the latest telecom, datacom, IT, media and IoT trends with these articles from Ericsson technology leaders. They will share insights and reflections about architecture, design, research, security, standardization and strategy.
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.