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Appalachian Wireless will deploy a 5G SA network using Ericsson gear
By Sue Marek Sep 27, 2022

Rural wireless operator Appalachian Wireless will deploy a cloud-native dual-mode standalone 5G (SA) network that also supports 4G.

Mike Johnson, Assistant CEO of Appalachian Wireless, said that the first phase of the company’s 5G deployment will be in its low-band 600 MHz spectrum. However, the company is also looking at other options such as repurposing its 800 MHz spectrum and also deploying 5G in its mid-band spectrum. Appalachian Wireless’ web site says that it plans to decommission its 3G network by year-end.

Appalachian Wireless, which is also known as East Kentucky Network, participated in the FCC’s 3.45 GHz spectrum auction (Auction 110) and acquired two spectrum licenses for $4.34 million and the FCC’s C-band auction (Auction 107) and acquired one license for $7.4 million.

The company’s decision to initially rollout using its low-band spectrum isn’t surprising. Appalachian Wireless CEO Allen Gillum said during a FierceWireless Executive Panel on 5G at the Competitive Carriers Association’s Mobile Carriers Show last April that the company was planning to deploy 5G in its low-band spectrum and “mirror” its LTE coverage. Gillum also said that the company had some millimeter wave (mmWave) spectrum in addition to its mid-band spectrum holdings.

Rural operators encouraged by upcoming 2.5 GHz auction
Appalachian Wireless will use Ericsson’s container-based dual-mode 5G core and its 5G RAN for the SA network. In addition, the company will replace its existing 4G network equipment with Ericsson’s gear and build a dual-mode core network for 4G and 5G. The goal, the company said, is to be able to future-proof its network and deliver advanced services to its customers, many of which reside in rural eastern Kentucky.

5G deployments by rural operators will be a hot topic of discussion during this week’s Competitive Carriers Association (CCA) annual show in Portland, Oregon. FierceWireless will be hosting a breakfast at the conference on “Mobile Meets Fixed: How 5G Fixed Wireless Traffic Will Grow Alongside Mobile.”

MTN Nigeria and Ericsson Launch 5G Services
Phase one of the launch will cover certain parts of Lagos and Nigeria
The historic launch is set to provide consumers and enterprises with innovative 5G applications
PRESS RELEASE SEP 19, 2022

Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) and MTN Nigeria have reached a historic milestone with the successful launch of 5G services. This landmark deal is the result of a fruitful collaboration spanning 21 years reaffirming a rich culture of partnerships between the two parties.

The first phase of the launch covers certain parts of Lagos and Nigeria where Ericsson’s 5G technology – which includes 5G Radio Access Network & NSA Packet Core – will accelerate the development and digitalization of key sectors such as education, healthcare and manufacturing. It will also empower consumers and enterprises with innovative 5G applications that will unlock the true potential of the Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), Smart cities and Immersive Communication over Augmented (AR) and Virtual reality (VR) for millions of new consumers in the country.

With Ericsson Radio System, MTN will provide advanced Mobile broadband & fixed wireless access services which shall unlock a range of new opportunities in the Enterprise domain. The new 5G services can bring about unique Sustainable Development initiatives for agriculture, energy, financial inclusion, and security, among others, overcoming past institutional challenges and barriers to growth.

Mohammed Rufai, Chief Technical Officer, MTN Nigeria says: “5G will revolutionize the way we live and communicate across industries. With the speeds 5G offers, we will be able to experience the internet with low latency, which means no lag, making our virtual interactions more real. At MTN, we will continue to pursue the rollout of 5G technology to revolutionize internet access across the continent.”

Hossam Kandeel, Vice President of Ericsson Middle East and Africa, says: “5G is not just about speed. 5G helps people do more with their devices, unlocking a whole new world of possibilities for society. 5G connectivity is likely to pave the way for life-altering advancements and we are proud to be a part of Nigeria’s 5G digital transformation that has only just begun. With connectivity being the backbone of digitization, we are committed to delivering the best service to our partners at MTN Nigeria to support them in this thrilling journey.”

In the future, MTN Nigeria’s Ericsson-powered 5G network will be driven by software-defined network capabilities where a combination of currently available and well-understood AI techniques will allow a higher degree of practical autonomous operation. AI is creating opportunities in terms of improved performance, higher efficiency, enhanced customer experience as well as creating new business models and use cases for 5G, IoT and enterprise.

Nokia flexes new 5G partnership
Saf Malik September 16, 2022

Nokia will team with Flex Brazil to deploy 5G SA private wireless networks in its manufacturing facilities in Brazil.

Initial use cases will focus on increasing wireless applications and exploring the potential of 5G for reliable connectivity, massive transfers of operational data and greater layout flexibility on the shop floor.

Nokia Digital Automation Cloud (Nokia DAC) will provide the wireless on-demand service as well as MX Industrial Edge computing and digital-enabling applications.

Marcelo Entreconti, Head of Enterprise for Latin America, Nokia, said: “The partnership will leverage our strength in advanced networking and mission-critical communications with Flex long experience in manufacturing and supply chain innovation.

“Together, we will explore the power of Industry 4.0 to transform how we manufacture and distribute goods in this new digital world.”

The collaboration is part of a long-term goal from both firms to introduce innovative Industry 4.0 solutions in the supply chain and manufacturing verticals to make operations more agile and cost effective.

Flex has over 100 sites worldwide and plays a key role in manufacturing and supply chain operations.

“We welcome the collaboration with Nokia to join us on this journey to expand the scope of our solutions by integrating Nokia’s 5G private wireless expertise to improve our current operations efficiency and prepare for the future of manufacturing at the same time.”

Ericsson provides Malaysia’s 5G rollout with new generation radio equipmentEricsson claims its AIR 3268 radio’s are 18 percent more energy-efficient
September 16, 2022 By Paul Lipscombe

Malaysia’s joint-5G network will be supplied by Ericsson’s new generation radio equipment, with the vendor to provide its new antenna-integrated radio AIR 3268.

Digital Nasional Berhad (DNB) will deploy Ericsson’s network across the country, with the radio AIR 3268’s expected to reduce energy consumption for Malaysia’s 5G network.

DNB will be the first company in Asia to deploy this new radio, notes Ericsson, which it claims to be 18 percent more energy-efficient than the previous generation.

This new radio will support Massive MIMO architecture, and uplink booster capabilities, and will be more energy-efficient when using 5G over mid-band frequencies.

“The AIR 3268’s improved energy efficiency will reduce the cost of operations and impact on the environment,” said Ericsson head of Malaysia, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh David Hägerbro.

“The new generation radios that will be deployed throughout Malaysia by Digital Nasional Berhad will be comparatively more energy efficient, thereby ensuring a more sustainable and responsible 5G rollout.”

Ericsson claims that the radio is the lightest and smallest Massive MIMO radio in the industry, at 12kg and 23 liters.

DNB wants to drive Malaysia’s 5G market
The DNB was set up last year by the Malaysian government to speed up the deployment of 5G services across the country.

The new company has sought to partner with all six of the main operators in the country — Maxis, U Mobile, Telekom Malaysia, YTL Communications, Celcom Axiata, and DiGi –and all take equity stakes in a state-controlled 5G single wholesale network run by the DNB.

All six of the operators agreed to the proposals last month, after being offered a combined 70 percent stake in DNB, dependent on all six operators agreeing to the terms.

However Maxis and U Mobile pulled out at the last minute, as neither saw benefits to the agreement, although both ‘want to remain in talks for access to DNB’s 5G network’.

Operators have been skeptical of the proposals put forward by the DNB, with many initially reluctant to agree to the plans, but the DNB has insisted its 5G strategy will keep costs lower and speed up the deployment of 5G services in the country, which has faced regular delays.

The DNB says the rollout will cost RM16.5 billion ($3.7bn) for the next decade, with Ericsson selected as the network equipment provider.

DiGi and Celcom to merge?
Two of the six Malaysian operators that agreed to the initial 5G terms by the DNB are reportedly closing on a merger.

Developing Telecoms reports that DiGi, which is owned by Norwegian-based Telenor, and Celcom have received regulatory approval from the Securities Commission Malaysia over a proposed deal.

The two telcos are the second, and third biggest in the country, and want to compete against Maxis, the country’s number one mobile network operator.

Telenor noted in a stock exchange update that the merger is dependent on approval from Bursa Malaysia, plus shareholders of Axiata, and DiGi.

Telenor expects the merger to be finalized by the end of this year.

Ericsson radio Air 3268 to reduce consumption for Malaysia’s 5G network
By Kenn Anthony Mendoza

Ericsson’s energy-saving radios Air 3268 claims it will reduce power consumption of Malaysia’s 5G network being deployed by Digital Nasional Berhad.

The Malaysian 5G network claims to be the first in Asia to deploy Ericsson’s radio which is 18% more energy-efficient than its previous generation radio.

Air 3268 supports Ericsson’s massive Mimo architecture and uplink booster capabilities that deliver network performance.

At 12kg and 23 litres, Ericsson claims that the Air 3268 is the lightest and smallest massive Mimo radio in the industry.

With 200W output power, 32 transceivers and passive cooling, the radio weighs about 40% less than the earlier generation, making installations easy on towers, rooftops, poles, and walls.

“The Air 3268’s improved energy efficiency will reduce the cost of operations and impact on the environment,” said Ericsson head Malaysia, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh David Hägerbro.

“The new generation radios that will be deployed throughout Malaysia by Digital Nasional Berhad will be comparatively more energy efficient, thereby ensuring a more sustainable and responsible 5G rollout,” Hägerbro added.

The Air 3268 is designed with Ericsson Silicon to provide real-time channel estimation and beamforming that improves coverage and user experience.

With its reduced size and weight, Air 3268 will also simplify site upgrades even in locations where the number of antennas is limited.

This first appeared in the subscription newsletter CommsWire on 16 September 2022.

Ericsson claims sustainability gains with tri-sector 5G radio
Joe O’Halloran, Computer Weekly
02 Sep 2022

At the beginning of 2022, Ericsson unveiled a radio access network (RAN) portfolio with systems designed to address the global acceleration in 5G roll-out and the sustainability goals of communications service providers. In the latest part of this strategy, the comms tech provider has launched a radio product designed to address the ever-growing need of communications service providers (CSPs) for more sustainable offerings.

The Radio 6646’s low-band spectrum capabilities are said to be able to significantly boost both 5G coverage and mid-band (3.5GHz) performance in an energy-efficient way, extending the multiband capabilities of Ericsson tri-sector products by combining 900, 800 and 700MHz frequency bands into one compact 2G to 5G-capable radio.

This is said to be able to produce a 40% reduction in energy usage compared with single-sector products, translating to yearly savings per site comparable to charging an electric car 40 times.

In addition, Ericsson noted that the 60% reduction in weight of the new triple-band, tri-sector radio will further help CSPs to minimise deployment costs and reduce their carbon footprint. One Radio 6646 can do the job of nine single-band radios.

Radio 6646 is also designed to increase the wide-area reach, outside-in coverage from rooftops and towers to indoor locations such as offices, basements, stores and homes. It will also increase the capacity of 5G networks, especially when combined with mid-band TDD over Carrier Aggregation and 5G Standalone (5G SA).

The new radio also supports the 700MHz band, which is expected to be one of the key spectrums for 5G SA deployments, where low bands extend the performance and reach of mid-band TDD.

With three low bands combined, Radio 6646 will enhance both outdoor and indoor coverage for all mobile generations – 2G to 5G – as well as the internet of things. The frequencies are widely supported by devices and, according to Ericsson, will provide “immense” potential to increase growth of 5G services.

Radio 6646 follows the 2021 launch of the dual-band, tri-sector Radio 6626, which is commercially available across global markets. Ericsson also unveiled earlier this year seven new 5G RAN services that deliver sizeable energy savings and up to tenfold capacity increases – with minimal or no added footprint.

“Our new energy-efficient radio uniquely combines spectrum capabilities in an easy-to-install form factor,” said David Hammarwall, head of product area networks at Ericsson.

“This will simplify deployments and extend 5G coverage, starting in Europe. With this latest innovation, service providers can scale up 5G Standalone deployments with new applications for consumers, enterprises and mission-critical communications.”

Vicente Abad, RAN technology and support manager at Telefónica Spain, added: “Ericsson’s new Radio 6646 will offer a highly compact and flexible solution to expand 5G coverage in a very cost-efficient manner while being economical and sustainable. The footprint and energy consumption achieved are something we believe will be a powerful driver for 5G, and we look forward to the first deployments in Spain.”

Swedish comms tech provider makes further inroads into more sustainable networks with the introduction of a new triple-band, tri-sector radio that is said to be able to do the job of nine radios

Ericsson raises sustainability bar with triple-band, tri-sector 5G radio
NEWS SEP 01, 2022

The new radio extends the multiband capabilities of Ericsson tri-sector products by combining 900, 800, and 700MHz frequency bands into one compact 2G to 5G-capable radio. With the ever-growing need of communications service providers (CSPs) for more sustainable solutions, Radio 6646’s low-band spectrum capabilities will significantly boost both 5G coverage and mid-band (3.5GHz) performance in an energy-efficient way.

A 40-percent reduction in energy usage can translate to yearly savings per site that is comparable to charging an electric car 40 times. Moreover, the 60-percent reduction in weight of the new triple-band, tri-sector radio will further help CSPs to minimize deployment costs, tower rent as well as carbon footprint. One Radio 6646 can do the job of nine single-band radios.

Vicente Abad, RAN Technology and Support Manager at Telefonica Spain, says: “Ericsson’s new Radio 6646 will offer a highly compact and flexible solution to expand 5G coverage in a very cost-efficient manner while being economical and sustainable – the footprint and energy consumption achieved are something we believe will be a powerful driver for 5G, and we look forward to the first deployments in Spain.”

David Hammarwall, Head of Product Area Networks at Ericsson, says: “Our new energy-efficient radio uniquely combines spectrum capabilities in an easy-to-install form factor. This will simplify deployments and extend 5G coverage, starting in Europe. With this latest innovation, service providers can scale up 5G Standalone deployments with new applications for consumers, enterprises, and mission-critical communications.”

Radio 6646 will expand the wide-area reach, outside-in coverage from rooftops and towers to indoor locations such as offices, basements, stores, and homes. It will also increase the capacity of 5G networks, especially when combined with mid-band TDD over Carrier Aggregation and 5G Standalone (5G SA).

The new radio also supports the 700MHz band, which is expected to be one of the key spectrums for 5G SA deployments, where low bands extend the performance and reach of mid-band TDD. With three low bands combined, Radio 6646 will enhance both outdoor and indoor coverage for all mobile generations – 2G to 5G – as well as IoT. The frequencies are widely supported by devices and provide immense potential to increase growth of 5G services.

Radio 6646 follows the 2021 launch of the dual-band, tri-sector Radio 6626, which is commercially available across global markets. Ericsson also unveiled earlier this year seven new 5G RAN solutions that deliver sizeable energy savings and up to ten-fold capacity increases – with minimal or no added footprint.

Ericsson is once again setting the pace for sustainable networks with the introduction of a new triple-band, tri-sector radio that can do the job of nine radios. Radio 6646 cuts energy consumption by 40 percent compared to triple-band single-sector radios and, with reduced weight – including use of aluminum – by 60 percent, minimizes site footprint as well.

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5G set to generate $7tn worth of economic value in 2030
By Joe O’Halloran, Computer Weeklym 19 August 2022

Study from mobile and video technology developer finds adoption of 5G is outpacing all previous generations of cellular technology in terms of subscription rate, leading to vast value by 2030

The growth of 5G is carrying on at an unprecedented rate compared with other generations of mobile communications. According to a study released by InterDigital and ABI Research, it’s on track to generate $7tn of economic value in 2030, 12 years after the official 3GPP standard was published.

The State of 5G report: Enabling the boundless generation claims the prospect for operators looks promising, as they witness the exponential rise of 5G and its growth opportunities – especially as 5G is set to support a wide range of revenue generating, mission critical applications. It notes that many operators and their partner suppliers are finding ways to develop new and better features in support of the network performance capabilities needed to realise the potential of 5G networks and its economic benefits.

The report examines the expectations of telecom operators as they look to capitalise on the latest generation of cellular technology to maintain and grow their profitability, and discusses the impact 5G is likely to have on the evolution of the mobile industry, particularly as it continues to enable innovative services such as augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR) and immersive content. It also highlights how 5G is starting to introduce advanced enterprise-enabling features, including low latency, deterministic networking and advanced internet of things use cases, all of which are new in the mobile network domain.

The research adds that industry stakeholders have expressed high hopes for the upcoming wave of 5G services, which will likely enhance productivity and efficiency through mobility, among other improvements. However, it also recognises that 5G would not be possible without contributions to the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), which produces global technical reports and specifications on how next-generation networks should be built and implemented.

The adoption of 5G was found to be outpacing all previous generations of cellular technology in terms of subscription rate and operator roll-out, gaining significant traction from enterprise verticals. ABI Research said organisations that have significantly invested in the research for 5G are projected to sustain that investment well into the future, highlighting the continued interest in the commercial relevancy of the technology.

“The time we live in is an exciting inflection point for 5G and the way telecommunications networks are built and consumed,” said Rajesh Pankaj, chief technology officer at InterDigital. “As 5G deploys across the world, it’s helping to solve fundamental challenges, and laying the foundation for experimentation, new ideas and innovation.

“At the same time, 3GPP and the 5G supply chain are continuously working to progress 5G even further,” he said. “The early years of 5G have been foundational to its long-term success. Now is the time when we will experience and benefit from exciting new applications, new use cases and many more ways consumer lifestyles can be transformed.”

Dimitris Mavrakis, senior research director at ABI Research, said: “5G is now giving us a glimpse of what will be possible in the future and setting the foundation for the next generation of networks. The high capacity, high reliability and low latency capabilities of 5G are now starting to create the next wave of consumer and enterprise applications, in the very same way 4G seeded the creation of social networks, the collaborative economy and rich content. We are now in a very exciting technical era that will pave the way for 6G and future networks.”

While the technology promises to support data-hungry and latency-sensitive applications such as AR and VR, the report shows that the appetite for such services has not yet fully emerged, with new concepts such as the Metaverse being a more distant future vision. Yet it also reveals how 5G can be seen as transformative in supporting the roll-out of digital spaces, smart cities and smart public services. To enable all of this, governments and local authorities must remove the barriers to ubiquitous 5G access.

In particular, ABI expects the private 5G addressable market to grow at an exponential rate, mostly driven by verticals including energy and utilities, healthcare, and manufacturing. Indeed, in a separate study, 5G private wireless in manufacturing, ABI said the manufacturing and industrial sector is slowly realising 5G private networks are essential for automation, robotics and augmented reality.

It said that network upgrades can underpin the efforts of manufacturers to automate quality assurance processes, deploy autonomous mobile robots inside the facility and upskill employees using augmented reality. Lower latency and support for time-sensitive networking afforded by a 5G network can further enable wireless process automation for robotics use cases and increase bandwidth support for data-heavy applications such as video analytics.

In all, the study calculated that in 2030, manufacturing and industrial firms worldwide will have more than 49 million 5G connections inside their facilities, generating $2.4bn in global connections revenue for suppliers.

However, the report warned that a lack of 5G industrial devices has stalled manufacturers’ interest in 5G private wireless. It added that in turn, the lack of enthusiasm has discouraged hardware suppliers from creating the necessary devices, and as a result of the state of flux, equipment suppliers such as Nokia have launched converged devices supporting Wi-Fi, LTE and 5G connectivity.

Nokia, Ericsson, Samsung win 5G deals from Jio, Airtel; Huawei, ZTE out of 5G race
Cash-strapped Vodafone Idea is still in talks with European vendors for 5G contracts, people familiar with the matter said. They added that the loss-making telco will initially place orders for circles where it has revenue market share of 15% and above, which are metro plus category circles.
by Danish Khan – ETTelecom

Bharti Airtel and Reliance Jio are believed to have finalised 5G equipment partners, awarding contracts to Finland’s Nokia, Sweden’s Ericsson and Korea’s Samsung, officially shutting out Chinese vendors Huawei and ZTE from the roll outs of the next gen technology.

Cash-strapped Vodafone Idea is still in talks with European vendors for 5G contracts, people familiar with the matter said. They added that the loss-making telco will initially place orders for circles where it has revenue market share of 15% and above, which are metro plus category circles.

Notably, European vendors are set to supply mobile telephony equipment to the Mukesh Ambani-led telco for the first time. Jio has so far worked with just Samsung for its 4G network. Samsung, on its part, will be supplying mobile telephony network gear to Airtel for the first time.

While Airtel is expected to place an order of 15,000-20,000 5G sites in the initial phase to cover bigger cities, Jio is expected to place a much bigger order to cover more cities than its rivals, the people said.

Both Airtel and Jio though are yet to place purchase orders (POs) for network equipment, which will be basis their final 5G spectrum winnings and subsequent allotments.

Emails to all parties did not elicit a response.

A senior executive at Bharti Airtel separately confirmed deals to Nokia, Ericsson and Samsung. “Airtel will give purchase orders to all vendors,” the executive said.

In order to ensure that Airtel is able to get the best 5G equipment costs, it has also finalised Korean vendor Samsung along with its long-standing partners Nokia and Ericsson.

One person added that both Huawei and ZTE will also be phased out from Airtel’s 4G network, to be replaced with the three vendors.

“Jio has managed to secure a rate from Ericsson, which is even lower compared to Airtel,” one of the people privy to the discussions said, adding that final contours are being discussed currently.

A third source said that backward integration with gear from European vendors is possible with Samsung’s 4G, hence Jio is opting for 5G equipment from the latter.

“Nokia and Ericsson’s 5G gear is better than those of Samsung in terms of performance quality,” he said, adding that European vendors are aggressive in terms of trading margins to get entry into Jio’s network.

Sources said that Jio may in fact place a significantly bigger purchase order with Swedish telecom gear maker Ericsson, compared with Nokia and Samsung.

Both telecom operators will initially focus on urban and dense population areas with their respective commercial 5G services. “Jio is expected to be more aggressive as it plans to cover the entire population in the next 3-4 years with its 5G,” the third person said, adding that the telco will deploy a lot more 5G sites this fiscal than Airtel.

A senior executive at a European vendor said that the company is ready to start work once the PO’s are signed. “They are just waiting for the auction to be done.”

India’s first 5G spectrum auction started on July 26 with four participants—Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Idea and Adani Data Networks (an Adani Group unit). A total of 72 GHz of 5G airwaves across 10 bands—600 MHz, 700 MHz, 800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz, 2300 MHz, 2500 MHz, 3.3-3.67 GHz and 26 GHz—are up for grabs.

“Once the auction is over, the POs issued, it will take another 3-6 months for the equipment to be installed and the network to be set up,” said an industry executive.

BT and Ericsson join forces to build 5G private networks
May 31, 2022
– Reuters

LONDON, May 31 (Reuters) – Telecoms company BT (BT.L) and Ericsson (ERICb.ST) have struck a multi-million pound partnership to offer private 5G networks to businesses across Britain, enabling them to deploy Internet of Things and other technologies quickly and securely.

Private 5G networks mirror public 5G, but connectivity is limited to a group of devices in a dedicated space, such as a factory, a port or a campus, where 5G’s security and ultra-low latency can be fully utilised in additional services.

Marc Overton, managing director for BT’s Division X, Enterprise, said the British company was working with Sweden’s Ericsson, a leader in 5G technology, both in deploying and operating the networks, and also in putting applications on top.

The partners have already worked together on several major projects incorporating private 5G networks, including Belfast Harbour in Northern Ireland.

They have installed a 5G private network across 35 acres of operational port, driving operational efficiencies and optimising processes across transport, logistics, supply chain and shipping, he said.

“We’re now into phase two of the project and this includes various use cases such as teleoperation of heavy plant machinery, artificial reality (AR) for remote maintenance, as well as enhanced video AI analytics and the use of drones for surveillance and inspections,” Overton said.

Under the new deal, the partners will focus on deploying 5G technology in sectors including healthcare, manufacturing, transport and logistics, sites such as large shopping centres or stadiums, and ports.

Ericsson tops Frost Radar: Global 5G Network Infrastructure Market ranking
For second year in a row
Press Release
May 29, 2022

For the second consecutive year Ericsson has been ranked as the leader in the Frost Radar™: 5G Network Infrastructure Market 2021 report. This shows the company’s ability to scale its innovations and growth in the field consistently from 2G, 3G, to 4G and now 5G.

By ranking the highest in the latest Frost Radar™ report, Ericsson confirms its status as the leader in terms of both innovation and growth in the 5G network infrastructure market which, according to business consulting firm Frost & Sullivan, spans 5G radio access networks (RAN), transport networks, and core networks.

Fredrik Jejdling, Executive Vice President and Head of Business Area Networks, Ericsson, says: “The Frost Radar™ report recognises Ericsson’s investments in technology leadership for customers’ benefit. By focusing on constant innovation and 5G portfolio development, we aim to stay ahead of the curve and provide our customers with the solutions they need for building the future networks.”

The Frost Radar™ independently evaluates companies with a significant influence on the market in a particular industry. As highlighted in the Frost Radar™ methodology, the Innovation and Growth scores are used to rate a company’s focus on continuous innovation and ability to translate the innovations into consistent growth.

The report plots top industry participants, standing out among companies positioned as the overall market leaders, leaders in a market segment, or thought leaders in certain segments.

Commenting on Ericsson’s top result by the Growth Index, Troy Morley, Industry Principal, Frost & Sullivan’s Information & Communication Technology group, and the author of the report, says: “Ericsson has spent the last few years adjusting its overall strategy to focus on profitability. The company has indicated that its strategy has been successful, even with the challenges brought by the pandemic. As a leader in the 4G infrastructure market, Ericsson enters the 5G market with a large customer base. The company has done an excellent job keeping its current customers and adding new customers.”

On top of the *5G commercial agreements already announced, Ericsson still maintains a significant pipeline of customers who are expected to move to 5G over the coming years.

Regarding Ericsson’s top positioning based on the Innovation Index, the report highlights the company’s ability to consistently scale its innovations on the global level across generations of mobile technologies – from 2G to 5G. The **108 live 5G networks powered by Ericsson’s products and solutions in 48 countries, which is the highest level that Frost & Sullivan has seen publicly reported, come as credible proof to the Frost Radar™ assessment.

“Ericsson invests significant amounts in R&D, which is essential in a market where technology is always evolving,” says Morley. “Having CSP market as the primary focus, Ericsson’s 5G portfolio includes all areas of 5G network infrastructure, previous generations of network infrastructure, as well as private networks.”

Ericsson’s 5G network infrastructure portfolio comprises 5G RAN, dual-mode 5G Core, and 5G Transport that address all aspects of 5G deployment – from providing low latency and higher bandwidth, ensuring instant response times for users and the future readiness of the network for CSPs. Ericsson’s 5G network offering also includes Ericsson Radio System, 5G Carrier Aggregation, Ericsson Spectrum Sharing, network slicing, service automation and 5G monetisation. CSPs are empowered with 5G solutions that enable the modular approach when switching to the cloud-native 5G network or expanding their network for new business opportunities.

In related news announced in March, Ericsson was also named a leader in the 2022 Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for 5G Network Infrastructure for Communications Service Providers report.

Download the full report: Frost Radar™: Global 5G Network Infrastructure Market, 2021

*These figures were reported at the time of the Radar’s production and publication, the latest figures are available by visiting Ericsson’s 5G contracts page

Ericsson signs with T-Mobile to offer private 5G to US enterprise customers
-James Blackman May 26, 2022

Weird, and frustrating; Swedish vendor Ericsson has issued a press release, the day after Nordic rival Nokia, about a new working relationship with T-Mobile in the US on private 5G. It is the same press release, just with a different vendor attached, just as it was when Nokia followed Ericsson in late 2020 (18 months ago, already) to tie-up with AT&T on private cellular for US enterprises. So, predictable, as well; we would have preferred a single statement from the carrier.

The new arrangement will see, exactly the same, “enterprise and government customers” in the US offered a pathway to Ericsson-made private cellular RAN and core solutions with T-Mobile. Ericsson’s kit will be incorporated into T-Mobile’s 5G Advanced Network Solutions, now also acronymized as 5G ANS, just like Nokia’s.

A statement said: “The suite is aimed at increasing revenues, lowering costs,and delivering new customer experiences through tailored 5G.” The pair cited a handful or prime use cases (two; one?) for these customers: namely, “augmented and virtual reality (AR and VR) experiences for training or field service”.

Mishka Dehghan, senior vice president of strategy, product, and solutions engineering at T-Mobile Business, said: “With T-Mobile’s leading 5G network, America’s largest and fastest, and excellent RAN and Core equipment from partners like Ericsson, we’re showing — not telling — that 5G MEC is real and helping customers to improve their business today.”

Åsa Tamsons, senior vice president and head of business area technologies and new businesses at Ericsson, said: “The T-Mobile and Ericsson partnership is making it possible to deliver clear results for enterprises that want to take their business wireless.”

Last week, Ericsson announced a corporate rejig with a new division for ‘enterprise wireless solutions’, officially merging its private (‘dedicated’) local-area network (LAN) division and its Cradlepoint business. US-based Cradlepoint, acquired for $1.1 billion in late 2020, has traditionally focused on LTE and 5G wide-area networking (WAN) for the emergency services sector.

Sweden’s Ericsson snaps up cloud firm Vonage in $6.2 billion deal
By Supantha Mukherjee and Helena Soderpalm

STOCKHOLM, November 22 Reuters – Ericsson (ERICb.ST) on Monday agreed to buy cloud communications firm Vonage (VG.O) in a $6.2 billion all-cash deal, as the telecom gear maker moves to broaden its 5G portfolio.

The deal, one of the largest in Ericsson’s history, follows its $1.1 billion purchase of Cradlepoint last year which gave it access to tools that can connect devices using the so-called Internet of Things over a 4G or 5G network.

U.S-based Vonage makes Application Programming Interface (API), which helps different software communicate with each other.

“Vonage is complementary to what we have built in enterprise so far … Cradlepoint was one of the big stepping stones as well in building an enterprise presence,” Ericsson CFO Carl Mellander told Reuters.

Ericsson will pay $21 for each outstanding Vonage share, a 28% premium to Friday’s closing price and a 34% premium to the average of the last 3 months, a price analysts said was high.

Ericsson shares fell 3.8% in early trade, on track for their worst day since July and the worst performer on the pan-European STOXX 600 index (.STOXX).

“We see this acquisition as strengthening Ericsson’s vertical integration and product offering within the cloud space, but we also deem the price-tag quite steep,” said Danske Bank Credit Research analyst Mads Rosendal.

Vonage, which operates across sectors such as healthcare, finance, education and transportation, had sales of $1.4 billion in the 12-month period to Sept. 30, 2021, with a margin on adjusted earnings before interest, tax and depreciation of 14% and free cash flow of $109 million.

It has more than 1 million registered developers and more than 120,000 business customers.

“That’s where magic happens when developers use the Vonage platform to create applications for various enterprises,” Mellander said.

The acquisition marks a new phase after a period of restructuring and refocusing since Borje Ekholm took over as CEO in 2017.

Ericsson had branched out into multi-media in the early 2000s but struggled to fit its purchases into its operations, weighing on margins and profits.

“The transaction builds upon Ericsson’s stated intent to expand globally in wireless enterprise, offering existing customers an increased share of a market valued at $700 billion by 2030,” Ericsson said in a statement.

It said it expected the Vonage deal to boost earnings per share – excluding non-cash amortisation impacts – and free cash flow from 2024 onwards.

The deal is expected to close in the first half of 2022, subject to Vonage shareholder approval, regulatory approvals, and other conditions.

Vodafone Idea, Ericsson achieve 5.92Gbps peak download speed using mmWave spectrum
ETTelecom May 13, 2022

Vi achieved this speed on a single-test device using a combination of mid-band and high-band (millimeter-wave or mmWave) 5G trial spectrum using Ericsson equipment such as Massive MIMO radios Ericsson cloud-native dual-mode 5G core for standalone (SA) architecture and NR-DC (New Radio-Dual Connectivity) software, according to an official statement on Friday.

NEW DELHI: Vodafone Idea has achieved a peak download speed of 5.92Gbps in partnership with Swedish telecom gear maker Ericsson during the ongoing 5G trials in Pune, Maharashtra.

Vi achieved this speed on a single-test device using a combination of mid-band and high-band (millimeter-wave or mmWave) 5G trial spectrum using Ericsson equipment such as Massive MIMO radios Ericsson cloud-native dual-mode 5G core for standalone (SA) architecture and NR-DC (New Radio-Dual Connectivity) software, according to an official statement on Friday.

With 5G Standalone NR-DC software, Vi can deliver latency-sensitive and high-performing applications such as AR/ VR and 8K video streaming as well as innovative new use cases for consumers and enterprises once it deploys 5G on its commercial network, it added.

Earlier during its 5G trials and use cases showcase in Pune, Vi had demonstrated speeds of over 4Gbps.

“Given the growing consumer demand for immersive media and video streaming services, the 5G speeds that we have demonstrated will help us prepare for the mobile broadband speeds and greater network capacity requirements of customers, as we ready for ‘5G for a Better Tomorrow’ in India,” said Jagbir Singh, Chief Technology Officer, Vodafone Idea.

Thursday, Nokia said it will deploy its Access DWDM (Dense wavelength division multiplexing) solution to upgrade Vodafone Idea’s transport network to 5G.

“Achieving this technology milestone of 5.92 Gbps download speed by leveraging Ericsson’s 5G Standalone NR-DC software and cloud-native dual-mode 5G Core represents a milestone in India’s evolution to 5G Standalone with mmWave,” said Amarjeet Singh, Vice President and Head of Customer Unit Vi at Ericsson.

5G is expected to account for 39% of all mobile subscriptions in India by 2027 according to Ericsson Mobility Report, November 2021 edition.

5G is on track to become the dominant mobile access technology by subscriptions globally by 2027. By this time, 5G is expected to account for around 50 percent of all mobile subscriptions worldwide – covering 75% of the world’s population and carrying 62% of the global smartphone traffic, as per the report.

Indosat Ooredoo Hutchinson announce 5G partnerships with Nokia and Ericsson
By Aaron Raj, 7 March, 2022

Indonesian service provider Indosat Ooredoo Hutchinson announced partnership collaborations with Nokia and Ericsson to boost their 5G network deployments at Mobile World Congress 2022.

Indosat Ooredoo Hutchinson has already partnered with Huawei to launch its 5G commercial services in Makassar, Indonesia last year. Indonesia already has 5G commercial deployments in Solo, Jakarta, and Surabaya.
5G in Asia

At MWC, Indosat Ooredoo Hutchison and Huawei have also signed a strategic project partnership for the acceleration of the radio access network (RAN) integration.

Meanwhile, Nokia has been selected as the principal vendor to deploy and expand its 4G and 5G network across Indonesia in a three-year deal. Nokia will provide solutions from its latest AirScale portfolio that will cover an area of 1.4 million square kilometers including Sumatra island, Kalimantan island, Central Java, and Surabaya city.

This includes base stations and 5G Single RAN for both premium indoor and outdoor coverage. Nokia’s consolidation services are expected to ensure a smooth integration by merging spectrum owned by IOH into a single network, ensuring minimum impact to end-users.

With Nokia’s technology, Indosat Ooredoo Hutchison will be able to quickly and easily upgrade to 5G services remotely with a software update or with a plug-in card. Nokia’s energy-efficient AirScale solution will also allow IOH to keep the cost to a minimum while improving the quality of its services.

With rollout expected this month, Vikram Sinha, President Director and CEO of Indosat Ooredoo Hutchison said Nokia’s 5G-ready and industry-leading solution will help them maximize the asset utilization even as they future-proof investments and enhance network performance.

For Tommi Uitto, president of Mobile Networks at Nokia, Nokia’s 5G-ready AirScale portfolio will help Indosat Ooredoo Hutchison to launch next-generation services while helping it to bring down its operational expense.
From Nokia to Ericsson

Meanwhile, after enabling Indosat Ooredoo Hutchison to deploy 5G in Jakarta last year, Ericsson has strengthened their partnership to further expand its 5G footprint in Indonesia. Ericsson will support Indosat Ooredoo Hutchison’s vision to become the most preferred digital telco in Indonesia by expanding 5G service coverage to several cities including Jakarta, Bogor, Tangerang, and Bekasi.

The new rollouts are an expansion of the 5G services introduced in Jakarta in August 2021. The expanded 5G footprint in Indonesia by Indosat Ooredoo Hutchison and Ericsson will serve to support the government’s digital transformation agenda for Indonesia.

In this 5G rollout extension, Ericsson is powering the network through Radio 6626, a unique three-sector dual-band radio that will help IOH 5G network to increase its Frequency Division Duplex (FDD) 5G frequency capacity.

Radio 6626 provides multi-standard and multi-band coverage while lowering costs and reducing footprint – up to 50 percent lower energy consumption. Through this collaboration, IOH and Ericsson are working together to provide a totally sustainable network within Indonesia by reducing the energy consumption of mobile services without impacting performance.

“Ericsson is delighted to further strengthen its partnership with Indosat Ooredoo by providing 5G services in Jakarta, Bogor, Tangerang, and Bekasi. 5G will play a critical role in accelerating the digitalization of the economy and stimulating next-generation innovation for consumers and enterprises in Indonesia. We are confident that with our technology leadership and strong deployment capabilities across the globe, we will enable IOH to capture the full value of 5G connectivity through our energy-efficient products and solutions,” said Jerry Soper, Head of Ericsson Indonesia.

Indonesia is home to one of the world’s largest mobile ownership populations. Network connectivity is essential with 5G deployment expected to be a boost for both consumers and enterprises in the country. The partnership with Nokia and Ericsson will help realize the government’s digital transformation agenda.

Orange Partners with Ericsson, Nokia & Oracle for 5G SA NetworkEricsson Cloud RAN passes GSMA’s NESAS security audit
Ericsson’s Cloud RAN offering has passed the independent Network Equipment Security Assurance Scheme (NESAS) audit, making it fully compliant with the security requirements defined by global standards organizations 3GPP and GSMA.
NEWS JAN 10, 2022

The NESAS audit was successfully completed in November 2021, with Cloud RAN as the latest Ericsson offering to pass it, following earlier compliance by Ericsson Core, Transport and Radio Access Network (RAN) portfolios.

NESAS was introduced in recent years to provide a common security assurance framework for secure product development and product lifecycle processes across the mobile industry. Conformance with NESAS is an integral part of Ericsson’s Security Reliability Model, SRM.

Per Narvinger, Head of Product Area Networks, Ericsson, says: “With 5G rollouts accelerating across the world, 5G network security is rapidly becoming a key topic among regulators, authorities, service providers and their consumer and business customers. Security is a key cornerstone in the design of our products and with the software and hardware disaggregation, it is even more important that security is built in from the start. I am therefore pleased that Cloud RAN is now confirmed NESAS-compliant as it adds another layer of credibility and trustworthiness to our Ericsson radio access network (RAN) portfolio.”

Cloud-based RAN deployment is an important step towards a more open RAN architecture. The deployment can provide inherent security advantages such as isolation and geographical redundancy. However, the cloud also introduces new security risks that must be considered, according to an Ericsson technical paper Security Considerations of Cloud RAN.

In addition to traditional attacks against the RAN and Core, vulnerabilities in the cloud infrastructure, including microservices, container engines, host operating system, and third-party hardware can be exploited in cloud-based RAN and Core deployments.

Telus’ 5G network reaches 70% of Canadian population
Juan Pedro Tomás
January 17, 2022

Canadian telco Telus’ 5G network already reaches 70% of the Canadian population, the company said in a release.

In a statement, the carrier said that the acceleration in 5G investments is part of its CAD54 billion ($43 billion) investment in infrastructure and operations through 2024.

Telus said it already connected 744 urban and rural communities to its 5G network, 129 more than initially planned for the full-year 2021.

Darren Entwistle, president and CEO at Telus said: “Now more than ever, Telus is committed to keeping Canadians connected, productive and healthy. Indeed, the ongoing expansion of our next-generation 5G technology is bridging time and distance, allowing residents to live and work in any community without compromising productivity or economic opportunity.”

Telus’ 5G network currently reaches 245 communities in British Columbia, 245 communities in Quebec, 151 communities in Alberta, 105 communities in Ontario, 27 communities in Atlantic Canada and 14 communities in Manitoba.

Telus had previously selected Samsung Electronics as its 5G network infrastructure supplier in June 2020. Telus also said that European vendors Ericsson and Nokia are also supporting the deployment of its 5G network.

Rival operator Rogers Communications had announced the launch of its Standalone 5G core network in October 2021. Rogers was the first Canadian operator to launch a nationwide Standalone 5G network.

Rogers built its Standalone 5G network using Ericsson’s dual-mode 5G core. The Canadian operator had partnered with Ericsson in 2018 as its exclusive 5G vendor for its full network infrastructure, including core and Radio Access Network. Ericsson, Rogers and Qualcomm Technologies have jointly completed Standalone 5G testing on the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G Mobile Platform.

Rogers is using 2.5 GHz, AWS and 600 MHz spectrum to provide 5G coverage throughout the country.

Meanwhile, Canadian carrier Bell said it expected its 5G services to reach 70% coverage by the end of the year, the company’s CEO Mirko Bibic had said during a conference call with investors.

Bell announced the launch of its commercial 5G service in the country in June 2020. The carrier’s 5G service was initially available in Montréal, the Greater Toronto Area, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver.

In 2020, Bell Canada selected Ericsson 5G Radio Access Network (RAN) technology to support its nationwide 5G mobile and fixed wireless access deployment. The carrier started the construction of its 5G network last year, using equipment from Finnish vendor Nokia.

In July 2021, the government of Canada raised a total of CAD8.9 billion in its auction of 3.5 GHz spectrum, which will be used by local carrier to further expand 5G services in the country.

5G licenses in this key band were made available based on 172 localized service areas covering the entire country, allowing bidders to target geographic markets, including rural areas.

Local operators Rogers, Bell, Telus, Videotron, Xplornet and SaskTel have all secured 5G licenses in the spectrum auction. Bell spent CAD2.1 billion, Rogers CAD3.3 billion and Telus CAD1.9 billion. Vidéotron, owned by Quebecor, spent a total CAD830 million to expand its geographic footprint in Canada, buying licenses not just in Quebec but also in Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta and British Columbia.

NEC is out to crash the Ericsson, Huawei and Nokia 5G party

The sunflower-yellow arm of an ordinary-looking excavator scoops dirt from the ground, swings 90 degrees and deposits the load. Nothing unusual, you think, until you peer into the cabin and notice the driver’s seat is empty.

The autonomous excavator is partly a showcase for NEC and its latest 5G goodies – a standalone core that has apportioned a chunk of network capacity just for driverless digging. “This is what we feel is the future of 5G,” says Patrick Lopez, NECs Canada-based global vice president of 5G product management, in reference to 5G’s versatility. “With slicing and ultralow latency, we can detect in real time how much dirt is left in the pile.”

The Japanese technology firm had a relatively low telecom profile in the days of 4G rollout, when the industry coalesced around a few big Nordic and Chinese vendors. It hopes to change all that with the latest generation of mobile technology, smashing through the Ericsson, Huawei and Nokia oligopoly like a sumo wrestler through a shoji. “It is NEC’s ambition to be a large and leading telecom equipment maker globally,” says Lopez.

It has been energized by open RAN and sees that technology as a catalyst for its growth. With 4G, most operators bought the radio access network products for a given site from the same vendor’s system, partly because different suppliers were about as communicative as warring relatives. Open RAN’s new interfaces are designed as a corrective. Using them, an operator could, say, mix one vendor’s radio units with another’s baseband software. Specialists see it as the unlocking of the RAN opportunity. Operators hope it will spur competition.

NEC benefited from a head start in open RAN, having supplied open radio units to NTT DoCoMo, Japan’s largest operator, long before the concept took off globally. But the game changer came with Rakuten, a Japanese version of Amazon (albeit smaller) that decided to build a new mobile network entirely on open RAN principles. NEC was soon chosen to supply 5G radio units. More recently, it has secured the contract to provide Rakuten’s standalone 5G core.

Rakuten’s ability to run a functioning open RAN network in Tokyo without performance problems has been great publicity for NEC. Lopez can now list Germany’s Deutsche Telekom, Spain’s Telefónica and UK-headquartered Vodafone as triallists or full-blown customers. NEC, it is safe to say, has emerged as one of the initial winners of the open RAN movement. Its 5G business may be on the cusp of a boom.

Today, it is a relatively small and unprofitable unit, generating about $370 million in revenues for the 2021 fiscal year and running up an operating loss of roughly $110 million (excluding Netcracker, a subsidiary that develops business and operational support systems). By 2026, NEC is confident of hauling in about $1.7 billion in annual sales and delivering an operating margin of 10%. To put that in context, the radio access network market normally generates between $30 billion and $35 billion in annual revenues, while the mobile core sector is worth about $8 billion.

Dell’Oro, a highly respected market-research firm, puts NEC’s share of today’s RAN market outside China at 2%. But NEC reckons it can do much better through open RAN. By 2030, it is targeting a 20% share of the entire global market for open RAN products. While analyst estimates of open RAN’s impact over the next few years vary widely, both Dell’Oro and Omdia, a Light Reading sister company, reckon the new technology will account for a tenth of annual RAN spending worldwide by the mid-2020s. In 2030, when 6G starts to put down roots, open RAN may conceivably be ubiquitous.

A 120-year-old startup

The ability of small RAN vendors to challenge the might of Ericsson, Huawei and Nokia is often in doubt. For all the talk of open RAN specialists, the industry giants do not have many obvious gaps or deficiencies in their product portfolios. Last year, they spent a combined $31 billion on research and development. They are embedded in telco infrastructure globally.

NEC is no ordinary midsized challenger, though. It is, for a start, part of a Japanese conglomerate employing about 115,000 people and generating more than $26 billion in annual sales. This, combined with its enthusiasm for the new, puts it in a unique position, thinks Lopez.

“You have emerging vendors that move fast and are innovative and don’t usually have the scale to manage large deployments, but they are open whereas the traditional vendors are usually more closed,” he says. “We see ourselves as the best of both worlds. We’re effectively a 120-year-old startup.”

The Japanese company evidently lacks the R&D muscle of Huawei, investing a total of $1 billion across various activities last year. Unlike either Huawei or Ericsson, it does not have its own silicon unit for RAN chips. To compensate, and in the true spirit of open RAN collaboration, it is partnering with silicon specialists such as Intel and Xilinx on product development. It has also focused initial efforts on a few select areas.

The first was a massive MIMO (meaning lots of antennas) 5G radio unit, now deployed at both Rakuten and NTT DoCoMo and set for rollout by Vodafone UK. The model advertised by Rakuten in August last year came with 32 transmitters and 32 receivers, weighed less than 22 kilograms, provided throughput of up to 1.7 Gbit/s and could support a wideband channel of 100MHz, all of which made it made it look like a competitive alternative to the big kit vendors at the time. Tareq Amin, Rakuten Mobile’s chief technology officer, also reckoned it cost half as much.

“That was probably best in class in the market in terms of performance, even compared with traditional ones, and it was deployed in Tokyo, in very urban and dense environments,” says Lopez. “And that drew attention to NEC and soon enough we ended up with requests from other operators that were interested in open RAN but didn’t quite know if it was ready for showtime.”

5 myths about 5G Transport
Don´t let these misconceptions stop you from building a superior transport network.
Several myths exist about 5G transport and its technologies. Don´t let these misconceptions stop you from building a superior transport network for 5G services everywhere. We bust the myths for you.

Myth 1: Every 5G radio site must have a GPS
Busted!
The specific requirements for RAN timing and sync are dependent on the radio technology deployed and the spectrum used. There’s also a need for increased reliability in the timing source. While today’s FDD-based LTE network can continue to operate for hours after sync loss with no degradation, in the future, loss of timing will have an immediate impact on RAN performance.

Although the mobile transport network itself does not need synchronization, it can provide timing and synchronization to the RAN. Router 6000 can work as boundary and/or grandmaster clock to distribute timing to other elements in the network. The result is exceptional 5G sync and lowered TCO. By managing upstream and downstream routers, basebands at hubs and other sites, the Router 6000 eliminates the need for a GPS at every radio site.

Myth 2: Radio over Ethernet is most efficient for transporting CPRI over packet networks
Busted!
With 5G we see more operators exploring the possibility to centralize their networks and build packet-based fronthaul systems. But by doing this, there is also a need to handle the legacy CPRI flows to enable a packet-only network. Two options are available; Mapping the CPRI frames into ethernet packets, called Radio over Ethernet (RoE) or Convert the CPRI streams into eCPRI by RAN Compute processing.

The two alternatives have their set of benefits, where conversion being the most effective technology in terms of bandwidth savings – 60-80% savings can be achieved depending on RAN configuration and by that, reducing the fiber needs as well as transport equipment. Ericsson Router 6673 supports RoE and Conversion in the same platform, offering full support across all current and future Ericsson radios CPRI and eCPRI variations. It also works as a cell site router and aggregates enterprise traffic.

Myth 3: Existing LTE backhaul is sufficient for 5G
Depends.
One of the major benefits of 5G is the improved user capacity it brings. Beside the optimization of the radio protocol stack, this improvement is enabled by the availability of multiple new frequency bands. When adding mid- and high-band spectrums, the backhaul network also needs to be upgraded to meet widely varying, but strict, requirements for performance, capacity, latency, synchronization, and security. It must also support the various needs of parallel network architectures and technologies, and seamlessly support the coordination between many more cell sites.

Myth 4: Microwave is not a viable transport media for 5G
Busted!
The steady evolution of backhaul over the last 40 years has been a response and adaptation to the requirements from new services enabled by new generation of mobile technology. The key to increased capacity is accessing new frequency bands, wider channel bandwidths, higher modulation schemes and other spectrum efficient solutions.

Microwave technology is being used for both 5G backhaul and fronthaul, and is continuously evolving. 100 Gbps speed is already verified.

Myth 5: All types of optical pluggables can be used in mobile networks
Busted!
In mobile networks, the optical pluggables need specific features: they have to be highly cost-effective, tolerate outdoor deployments of high and low temperatures, have a long lifetime to avoid costly downtime and network replacements, and meet the requirements for power consumption.

Ericsson has initiated a joint effort with Nokia and three leading optical pluggables vendors, II-VI, Lumentum and Sumitomo Electric, to agree on the most important high-level requirements and optical solutions for 5G. This intends to get a common and shared view in the industry to secure that the right optical pluggables are available at the right time and the right cost for the 5G buildouts.

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