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World’s first 5G NR radio

By 2021, we forecast that 7.7 billion mobile broadband subscriptions and 1.5 billion cellular IoT devices will depend on mobile networks worldwide. Leading operators - who want to be frontrunners in the networked society - are already planning their 5G networks to meet these needs.

AIR 6468

In order to support growing demand from both people and things and the ever increasing traffic volumes, mobile operators are continuously striving to improve the capacity, quality and functionality that their networks. The road to next generation mobile networks, 5G, means operators want to continue to invest in the LTE technology that will be foundational to their 5G networks and business.

5G will encompass an evolution of today's 4G networks and the addition of a new, globally standardized radio access technology known as NR, which stands for New Radio.

First 5G NR radio, featuring massive MIMO and MU-MIMO

We are now introducing the industry’s first 5G NR-capable radio, called Ericsson AIR 6468. It features 64 transmit and 64 receive antennas enabling it to support our 5G plug-ins for both Massive MIMO and Multi-User MIMO.

The high-performance beamforming, required for Massive MIMO, is enabled through the use of a split Cloud RAN architecture, which brings the required intelligence and scalability to this new radio. And, the AIR 6468 is designed for compatibility with the 5G NR standard while also supporting LTE.

5G NR Radio System

Gigabit LTE and Cloud RAN

We have also added new LTE software and hardware products that leverage key 5G technology concepts that operators can deploy in today’s networks to improve both performance and efficiency while preparing for 5G, including: 

  • First 5G NR radio for massive MIMO
  • Wideband radio with instant power sharing
  • Three new radios supporting Gigabit speeds for LTE
  • Small outdoor micro radio for unlicensed spectrum
  • Baseband variants for densification, PIM mitigation and Elastic RAN
  • Powerful spectrum analyzer software
  • Streamlined network deployment and delivery platform

We are also introducing a new network deployment delivery platform to facilitate complete installation, configuration, integration and handover of a 100% verified site in a single visit. This service enables a faster time to revenue for operators.

As operators transform both their networks and their business on the road to 5G, our latest innovations enable them to shift to the next gear.

Learn more about Ericsson Radio System and 5G

5G plug-ins

Ericsson 5G plug-ins

Forty percent of the world’s mobile traffic is carried over Ericsson networks and we enable these networks to flexibly evolve based on user demand, new applications, and local market requirements. With Ericsson 5G Plug Ins, mobile operators can begin to trial and implement 5G technology as early as this year, and evolve to 5G at their own pace.

Ericsson Radio System, Radio 2217 & 0208

Ericsson Radio System

Our Radio System consists of hardware and software for radio, baseband, power, enclosure, antenna and site solutions, the industry-leading MINI-LINK portfolio for microwave transmission and a fully integrated IP Router portfolio, all managed by a common management system.

Ericsson's 5G radio prototypes in lab

Building 5G networks

5G technology will encompass an evolution of today's LTE technology with the addition of new radio access technologies, often in higher frequencies. 5G will impact the entire mobile network and associated eco-system, from devices to radio access, IP core and into the cloud.

Building tomorrow's networks

Advanced and flexible networks will support fast introduction of new offerings which are differentiated or tap new value chains. Learn more about how we are developing networks supporting the frontrunners of tomorrow - with five key success factors in mind.

Five factors for success