Ericsson showcases the transformational power of 5G in Thailand

Press release
Jun 04, 2019

Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) showcases the transformational potential of 5G at its flagship event, ‘Barcelona Unboxed’ in Bangkok this week. As a global technology leader, Ericsson currently holds a portfolio of 19 publicly announced 5G contracts, live-deployments in Europe, US, Australia, Korea and remains committed to leveraging the latest innovations to enable customers switch on 5G worldwide. In Thailand, this event will highlight new technologies including the future concept ‘radios access network’ products called Radio Stripes.

Ericsson Radio Stripes come in a nearly invisible form factor, enabling truly ubiquitous high capacity radio everywhere. This is a visionary mobile network design that is super-distributed and has the potential to deliver better quality and robust radio performance while enabling easy and flexible deployment of mobile networks.  The showcase also included a host of other demonstrations and use cases across 5G and IoT, including Ericsson Spectrum Sharing, Network Evolution and Architecture Evolution, Connectivity in Industry 4.0, Communicate on smart devices as well as Future of Mixed Reality.

Nadine Allen, Head of Ericsson Thailand says, “With 5G, we are on the threshold of a global technology shift, which will bring about new opportunities, new efficiencies and new business models.  Operators in Thailand will have a first-mover advantage by transitioning early to the next generation of mobile technology. As a reliable technology that offers low latency, high data capacity and transfer rates, 5G lays a strong foundation for the Digital Thailand vision for both consumers and industries.”

Consumers in Thailand, are already waiting for 5G. According to a recent study carried out by Ericsson Consumer Lab in Thailand, one in two of the smartphone users in Thailand would switch mobile operators within six months if their own provider does not switch on 5G, while 40% of respondents expect 5G to be switched on within one year.

Ericsson’s flexible, end-to-end 5G portfolio which includes the industry leading 5G platform, provides customers with the products and services needed to manage the increased traffic growth, simplify their operations and to secure their 5G revenues. In Thailand, operators are expected to benefit from an additional 2.6 BN USD from 5G-enabled market opportunities by 2026.

Ericsson is one of the largest telecommunication suppliers in Thailand as well as the first company to have introduced 1G, 2G, 3G, 4G and 5G to the country.  With global scale and expertise and strong local footprint for 113 years, the ICT leader held the country’s first live 5G Trial in 2017, a demonstration which successfully delivered 5.7Gbps throughput and 3ms latency.

Ericsson brings more than 30 demos from Mobile World Congress 2019 to Barcelona Unboxed in Bangkok, Thailand showcasing the latest technologies and innovations organised in five different zones: Network evolution to 5G, Industry transformation with 5G and IoT, Efficient operations with automation and AI, Consumer experiences with 5G and Innovation.

Highlights from the Technology Showcase at Barcelona Unboxed Thailand include: 

Network evolution 4G to 5G & Network Architecture Evolution

By running scenarios on a city model, we showcase Centralized and Decentralized Radio Architecture, Core and RAN Virtualization, Network Slicing, 5G deployment scenarios, Transport Evolution, among other technological deployments on the road to 5G.

Ericsson Spectrum Sharing

Ericsson Spectrum Sharing is a key network function that will allow a smooth introduction of 5G on existing 4G frequencies in a service provider's network, securing the best possible use of their spectrum assets and installed base. Our spectrum sharing is the most economically feasible way to introduce 5G in existing bands. With a simple software installation, operators will be able to activate 5G on their existing Ericsson Radio System infrastructure (radios and RAN Compute equipment), that we already started to deliver in 2015. Today, 3 million 5G-ready radios have already been shipped to our customers worldwide.

This demo will show how simple it is to move from single mode to mixed mode configurations, while also covering Ericsson Spectrum Sharing.

Connectivity in Industry 4.0

This demonstration addresses the questions around how 4G and 5G are helping Industries. It provides a sneak peek into how software defined devices can introduce new business models; how simple, secure and scalable 4G / 5G connectivity provides foundation for Industry 4.0. Each story has a business, human and sustainability angle associated with it and allows the visitor to not only get inspired but also help start the industry transformation journey by clearly connecting the rest of the proof points in the area.

Communicate on Smart Devices

The human need for real-time communications is more relevant than ever. This is true, both for how we communicate with each other, and how we communicate with businesses. Service providers could offer their mobile voice services, enabled via their VoLTE enabled network, to consumers on a palette of new devices such as smart watches, smart speakers, smart TVs, smart mirrors and much more. This proof point demonstrates how voice services provided on multiple devices improves the consumer experience.

Ericsson Radio Stripes

A visionary concept where Ericsson has done a rethink of antennas and base stations, this revolutionary new mobile network design is super-distributed.  It has the potential to deliver better quality, easier deployment at a nearly invisible form factor, enabling truly ubiquitous high capacity radio everywhere. In technical terms this is a truly ubiquitous massive MIMO system. It will be an ideal deployment solution for challenging outdoor as well as indoor areas such as dense city squares, malls/offices, stadiums, train stations, factories and warehouses.   It is simply speaking, a base station that is distributed on a flexible tape – and can be deployed at “tailormade” size with a scissor.

Ericsson Radio System

Ericsson Radio System (ERS) consists of hardware and software to build modular and scalable radio access networks. It is designed to fit all site types and traffic scenarios, delivering industry-leading performance on the smallest site footprint with the lowest energy consumption. It includes latest updates in the ERS portfolio highlighting radio, RAN Compute and site products and also showcases the Ericsson 5G site journey focusing on simplifying the site, making it look great again.

Future of Mixed Reality

This demonstration showcases a "live" augmented reality visualization of the digital twin of an actual city, including animated weather, transportation, and so on. The miniature city highlights several future buildings within the existing cityscape, and you can zoom to street-level at certain locations for a 360° mixed reality experience from the real city.

This will be made possible through ultra-realistic and largescale mixed reality, which is enabled by an emerging multi-industry ecosystem around 5G, edge computing, autonomous vehicles, advanced visual computing (AI) and mobile devices.




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