Thursday, 06 September 2018 11:17

Ericsson readies for 5G rollout

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Ericsson is expanding its end-to-end 5G platform by adding new hardware and software products to the Ericsson Radio System portfolio, which it says further enhances the agility and speed with which communication service providers can roll out their 5G networks.

The expansion of Ericsson’s 5G platform comes as the company announced it is launching its RAN Compute portfolio in response to what it says is service providers’ need for greater flexibility in the deployment of Radio Access Network (RAN) software and hardware functions.

RAN Compute is an architecture that allows service providers to flexibly distribute RAN functions — such as beamforming and radio control — where needed to fine-tune use case performance while also lowering total cost of ownership.

Ericsson says the RAN Compute portfolio includes all the current basebands in addition to four new RAN Compute products that provide up to three times the capacity of current basebands.

Two new RAN Compute Basebands enable service providers to deploy RAN functions centrally, or at the radio site, while two new RAN Compute Radio Processors enable RAN functions to be placed closer to the radio for enhanced mobile broadband, ultra-low latency applications while reducing site footprint.

Emilio Romeo, managing director, Ericsson Australia & New Zealand, says: “With today’s announcement we are expanding our end-to-end 5G platform by launching new hardware and software that will support our customers to enable 5G, providing enhanced speed and agility that is required for future networks.”

Ericsson’s June 2018 Mobility Report claims that by the end of 2023, more than 20% of mobile data traffic worldwide is expected to be carried by 5G networks – or 1.5 times more than the total 4G/3G/2G traffic today.

“After many years of work with standards and technology, 5G is moving from a buzzword to reality, offering significant potential for operators as it becomes increasingly integral to industrial businesses. In Australia, with the introduction of 5G, telecom operators can look to generate a 48% incremental revenue by 2026,” Romeo says.

“Through our collaborative efforts with our customers and partners, we will ensure Australia remains at the forefront of technology leadership, supported by our global 5G portfolio that is enabling early movers to move quickly towards commercialization of their 5G networks.”

Ericsson has also announced it is launching its new Ericsson Spectrum Sharing software, expanding the versatility of Ericsson Radio System for 5G deployments.

According to Ericsson, this gives service providers a greater opportunity to turn on 5G and speed up network coverage, with spectrum sharing enabling a smooth and fast network migration through simultaneous and dynamic support of 4G and 5G within the same spectrum band using the Ericsson Radio System, once operators are ready to make the transition.

Ericsson says the new functionality can be implemented through a remote software installation on its Radio System radios shipped since 2015.

“This capability will allow communication service providers to deliver nationwide 5G coverage with a much more flexible spectrum migration strategy – removing the need for dedicating existing 4G  spectrum assets to 5G statically, which would negatively impact 4G performance. The solution is Ericsson’s innovative approach based on the 3GPP Rel 15 standard and simplifies adoption by 5G device manufacturers,” Ericsson notes.

Asha Keddy, Intel vice-president and general manager of Next Generation and Standards, says: “Intel is fully supportive of Ericsson’s spectrum-sharing efforts to further enhance user experience as wireless networks across the world transition to 5G NR. At a broader level, this is very synergistic with our modem strategy as well. Intel is actively collaborating across the ecosystem to enable a more flexible and powerful feature set in solutions across device, cloud, and network.”

Ericsson says that to make it easier to deploy 5G in high-spectrum bands to boost capacity within urban areas, it is aligning its transport network products to meet the capacity and aesthetics with the Street Macro radios.

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