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5G will impact the entire mobile network and associated eco-system, from devices to radio access, IP core and into the cloud. Ericsson’s Award Winning 5G Radio Test Bed and new 5G Radio Prototype innovations focus on the interactions between mobile devices (used by both people and things) and the radio access network, both indoors and outside. However the first step will be a transformation to a 5G ready core and transport, using technologies like NFV, SDN and network slicing, enabling speed, agility and efficiency when introducing new service for example Internet of Things, IoT.

As with past mobile generations, leading operators are keen to gain a first-mover advantage in 5G. Working with these operators, Ericsson is leading the development of new 5G technologies to ensure early success and enable rapid adoption of 5G-enabled applications.

Evolving to 5G

5G subscription uptake will commence in 2020 and is expected to be faster than for 4G. The development of 5G is being driven by new use cases that will impact both consumers and industries. New applications and use cases anticipated for 5G include safe, self-driving cars, remote controlled robots, haptic feedback-enabled drones and fixed wireless access - rivalling fiber capacity - for residential homes. As a result, mobile operators are today planning for their 5G future.

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5G radio access keeping pace with the demands for connectivity

Radio access technologies are a fundamental component of 5G. They must support massive numbers of connected devices and meet the real-time, high-reliability communication needs of mission-critical applications in addition to increasing network speed and capacity.

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5G Core

5G Core enables ICT transformation and provides the agility, speed and efficiency required by new services and the massive scale demands introduced by billions of IoT devices.

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Microwave backhaul on the road to 5G

Microwave backhaul can deliver superior performance and low cost of ownership. That’s why microwave networks remains a popular and flexible backhaul alternative today and on the road to 5G.

Create your 5G business now

5G gives telecom operators the possibility to rethink their entire business, addressing previously untapped value chains. With opportunities like IoT emerging there is no need to wait to start testing new business models and create new revenue streams. Understanding of customers and different value chains will be imperative for operators to build a 5G business. We are gathering insights and needs that we bring to operators through market research and through working with multiple industries to build their connected businesses.

Read about our market research and industry collaborations


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5G platform

Introducing our 5G platform for the first movers in 5G, the first completely end-to-end solution that combines core and radio solutions in 5G to enable new opportunities and use cases.

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5G Network Services

Have you taken the first steps on the road to 5G transformation? That road travels through uncharted territory, but you don’t have to travel alone.


5G New Radio on FDD

How to quickly add capacity and boost network throughput with FDD Massive MIMO.

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Ericsson Radio System enables smooth transition to 5G

With two new 5G Radios, AIR 6488 and AIR 5121 that, together with the AIR 6468, launched 2016, give us a complete portfolio of 5G radios for Massive MIMO with new mid-band and high-band versions. These Radios will support the 5G NR standard as we go forward to 5G.

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Ericsson 5G Core System

With the Ericsson 5G Core System we have built an architecture that is highly flexible, modular, and scalable. It supports a much higher degree of programmability and is ready to exist in a cloud-based environment. We help you to quickly react to new challenges and capture any business opportunity that arise.

5G insights

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White paper: 5G Systems - enabling the transformation of industry and society

The 5G architecture will be cost-efficient to operate and have agile and flexible mechanisms in place for swift introduction of services. These properties are required to enable new business models.

Network architecture engineering the evolution towards 5G

Network architecture engineering the evolution towards 5G

Good architecture forms the foundation of communication networks. It powers the most innovative platform for the ecosystem, provides an overview of all system activity, plus supports future innovations.

Ericsson Technology Review

Ericsson Technology Review

Brings you in-depth analyses of developing technologies, providing various perspectives, benefits and insights on advancements being made.

5G partnerships

5G partnerships

5G partnerships

We are exploring the potential of 5G through close partnerships with more than 30 leading mobile operators. We also work with partners in many industries, enabling us to develop 5G technologies based on real business needs.

5G prototypes

Demo: 28 GHz system

5G over-the-air interoperability on 28GHz system with Intel device, and running 4x4K video streaming application on top. Beamforming has been implemented in both direction between 5G radio and device.

E-2-e 5G system

It demonstrates the first milestone of our 5G end-to-end system based on a 5G-enabled Core for early NR introduction. This field trial ready system is showcased by end-to-end system characteristics including more than 5Gb/s per user, visualized by multiple 4k video streams, and e2e network latency at 3ms.

Demo: 5G remote driven car

5G remote driven car show Showing the impact of low latency and high data capacity. Three 4K video streams plus numerous sensors transmitted from the car to the driving seat.

5G radio prototypes

Live demonstration of Ericsson 5G radio prototypes to support both fixed and mobile devices, maintaining reliable, multi-Gbps connection using beam forming, beam tracking, massive MIMO and multi-user MIMO technologies.

5G use case and network evolution

Networks are evolving to meet the needs of new use cases with different demands on mobility, data rates, latency, reliability and device density. In the latest Ericsson Mobility Report, we explore how networks are evolving to meet these requirements.

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