We're making 5G real

5G is happening, now. Follow our journey, milestone by milestone.

We are rapidly approaching widespread 5G commercial reality. Through a series of significant technology and interoperability achievements, Ericsson has opened 5G up for first movers – taking this technology out of the lab and into a commercial network environment.


Map of our 42 announced 5G operator agreements

Map of our 42 announced 5G operator agreements

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September 2017:

  • 5G goes live in the Port of Tallinn. In the first public, live 5G network in Europe, Telia, Ericsson and Intel Corporation are delivering high-speed connectivity to Tallink’s cruise ships in the Port of Tallinn in Estonia.

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June 2018:

  • Ericsson, Intel, China Mobile Research Institute and China Mobile Jiangsu Company successfully conduct the first live 3GPP-compliant Standalone (SA) 5G New Radio (NR) interoperability tests at Ericsson Lab in Beijing.

  • The 3GPP concluded the standalone (SA) Release 15 5G specifications, another landmark in the standardization of 5G technology. Ericsson was a key figure in this standardization process and moved quickly to ensure interoperability between Ericsson Radio System commercial radios and the 5G test devices of our ecosystem partners. These tests have been conducted on all the main spectrum bands that will be deployed during the initial 5G launches, including 3.5, 28 and 39 GHz.

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As the first 5G networks go live this year, 5G first movers can anticipate vast new opportunities to expand their business and shape the market. Ericsson’s portfolio is ready to support those service providers who are leading the way in 5G.



Map of our 42 announced 5G operator agreements

Map of our 42 announced 5G operator agreements