The innovation engine for growth in the Networked Society

5G is the foundation for realizing the full potential of the Networked Society. 5G will enable organizations to move into new markets and build new revenue streams with radically new business models and use cases, including Internet of Things (IoT) applications. The new capabilities of 5G span several dimensions, including tremendous flexibility, lower energy requirements, greater capacity, bandwidth, security, reliability and data rates, as well as lower latency and device costs.

The first generation mobile network (1G) was all about voice. 2G was about voice + texting. 3G was about voice + texting + data. 4G was everything in 3G but faster. 5G will be something totally different.

Like the transitions to 2G and 3G, the move to 5G will add a new element: the industrial internet. And like the transition to 4G, it will be much higher performance than the previous generation. But it will be much more than that. With 5G, we’ll see connectivity-as-a-service based on network slicing. 5G will enable more secure transactions and the energy efficiency to deploy IoT devices with a battery life that is 10X longer than today. All this will create opportunities for new use cases that we haven’t yet dreamed of, new markets, and radically new business models.

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Ericsson CTO: 5G Will Enable Whole Industries to Digitalize

Cellular networks for Massive IoT – enabling low power wide area applications

Cloud RAN – the benefits of virtualization, centralization and coordination

Ericsson brings network coverage, performance and intelligence toward 5G era

Ericsson Mobility Report: 5G mobile subscriptions to hit 150 million by 2021

Outdoor-to-Indoor Coverage in High-Frequency Bands

Industrial remote operation: 5G rises to the challenge

Ericsson and SK Telecom demonstrate 5G network slicing technology

Ericsson innovation applies 5G concept for up to 50% higher speed on 4G LTE smartphones

Ericsson showcases the future to Swedish industry and society

Flexibility in 5G transport networks: the key to meeting the demand for connectivity

Ericsson 5G radio test bed biggest contribution to 5G development in Asia

White Paper: 5G security – scenarios and solutions

White Paper: 5G energy performance – key technologies and design principles

White Paper: 5G systems – enabling industry and society transformation

5G Infograph

5G at-a-glance

Ericsson Review: 5G radio access What will it do?


Taking 5G to the sky

5G - Network Architecture in the Networked Society

5G – Management and Operations for the future

Yes - but what will it take to get there? Sara Mazur, Head of Ericsson Research, talks about the Journey to 5G

This is what it will mean for us: Erik Dahlman, Senior Expert in Radio Access Technologies as Ericsson Research, talks about important use cases and the future

5G for the Networked Society: Sara Mazur, Ericsson – The next generation of wireless

What you need to know and what to expect. 5G: On the Road to 2020

Watch how it works. 5G Live Over-the-Air Demo for IDC

Tech Talk: 5G Security

How 5G mobile cloud robotics will revolutionize industry

Putting our ideas into practice with customers

Ericsson and China Mobile extend 5G cooperation (March 10, 2016)

Ericsson adds cloud capabilities to accelerate LG Uplus transition to NFV and SDN 24 (February 24, 2016)

Ericsson and Cisco partner to create next-generation network for 3 Italia (February 23, 2016)

Swisscom selects Ericsson for telco cloud infrastructure and NFV of core network functions (February 23, 2016)

T-Mobile and Ericsson partner for 5G pre-standard trials (23 February 2016)

DOCOMO and Ericsson Succeed in World’s first trial to achieve a cumulative 20Gbps with two simultaneously connected mobile devices in 5G Outdoor Trial (February 23, 2016)

Ericsson and Geely announce connected cars cooperation (22 February 2016)

AT&T and Ericsson to deliver technologies that boost the Internet of Things (February 22, 2016)

Cisco announces collaboration with Ericsson and Intel to develop next-generation 5G router for business and residential services (February 22, 2016)

Vestberg at MWC16: 5G, IoT and cloud to disrupt every industry (February 22, 2016)

Ericsson and Verizon 5G field trial hits multi-Gbps speeds (February 22, 2016)

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Ericsson and SK Telecom collaborate on 2016 5G field trial in Korea, including 5G radio prototypes delivering 25 Gbps throughput (February 19, 2016)

Journey to 5G: Singtel and Ericsson test License Assisted Access for LTE networks (February 19, 2016)

Ericsson 5G field trial gear achieves peak downlink throughput over 25 Gbps with MU-MIMO (February 18, 2016)

Ericsson and Vodafone announce strategic partnership on 5G technologies (February 17, 2016)

Ericsson and Telefónica partner for 5G (February 17, 2016)

AT&T unveils 5G roadmap including trials with Ericsson and Intel in 2016 (February 12, 2016)

AT&T Unveils 5G Roadmap Including Trials In 2016 (February 12, 2016)

TeliaSonera and Ericsson go 5G (January 22, 2016)

Ericsson and China Mobile launch 5G collaboration (December 24, 2015

MTS and Ericsson bring 5G to Russia (December 21, 2015)

Ericsson 5G radio prototypes prepped for field trials with NTT DOCOMO (November 11, 2015)

Ericsson to bring 5G to Brazil (October 19, 2015)

Ericsson 5G radio test bed biggest contribution to 5G development in Asia (October 7, 2015)

Ericsson and LG Uplus to partner on 5G and IoT (September 21, 2015)

Ericsson launches 5G for Europe program with academic, research and industry partners (September 17, 2015)

Verizon US plans for 5G field trials in 2016 / Ericsson, Samsung, ALU, Nokia partners (September 8, 2015)

Ericsson innovations expedite adoption of 'Internet of Things' (september 1, 2015)

Ericsson and King’s College London collaborate to realize the potential of 5G (March 25, 2015)

Ericsson launches '5G for Sweden' with industry and academic partners (March 1, 2015)

Telstra and Ericsson join together to drive 5G (March 1, 2015)

NTT DOCOMO to trial 5G with Ericsson (May 8, 2014)

Ericsson 5G delivers 5 Gbps speeds (July 1, 2014)

Working together with Singtel to empower business and society in Singapore (July 29, 2014)


5G Radio Prototype Build

5G Radio Prototype Build

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5G Radio Prototype Carry

5G Radio Prototype Carry

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5G Radio Prototype

5G Radio Prototype

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5G Radio Prototype Ship1

5G Radio Prototype Ship1

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5G Radio Prototype Ship2

5G Radio Prototype Ship2

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5G Radio Prototype Test

5G Radio Prototype Test

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Head of Ericsson Research, Sara Mazur, in the Ericsson 5G Lab

Head of Ericsson Research, Sara Mazur, in the Ericsson 5G Lab

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5G Radio Testbed Device/mobile demo in Ericsson Studio

5G Radio Testbed Device/mobile demo in Ericsson Studio

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5G Radio Testbed Device/mobile demo in Ericsson Studio

5G radio testbed active antenna in Ericsson Studio

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5G Radio Testbed Device/mobile demo in Ericsson Studio

5G Radio Testbed in Ericsson Studio

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5G Mobile Robotics

5G Mobile Robotics

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5G Mobile Robotics

5G Mobile Robotics

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