Ericsson takes wraps off new 5G platform
Ericsson announced the launch of 5G Radio Access Network (RAN) commercial software, based on the recently approved first 3GPP 5G New Radio (NR) standard.
It also introduced a new category of radio products called 'Street Macro' - a new site type that addresses the need of operators to grow in cities with limited available radio locations.
"The 5G radio network software complements Ericsson's already-launched base band and 5G radios. Operators can simply activate their 5G networks and take the first steps with commercial 5G capabilities and new applications leveraging advanced mobile broadband services," said Fredrik Jejdling, executive vice-president and head of business area networks at Ericsson.
"Operators who want to be early with 5G now have the essential pieces for launching 5G networks already this year. With our expanded platform, they will get more efficient networks as well as opportunities to create new revenues from emerging consumer and industrial use cases," Jejdling added.
"Ericsson is an important enabler of our 5G in-field innovation activities that span several cities in Italy. Together, last December - marking an Italian record - we activated a 5G NR cell in the mmW frequencies in the city of Torino, reaching speeds above 20Gbps. We are looking forward to testing Ericsson's new solutions that will contribute to address the wide variety of use cases we are working on," said Giovanni Ferigo, CTO at TIM.