Thursday, 30 July 2020 18:15

Verizon gets first Ericsson 5G base station made in US

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Verizon chief technology officer Kyle Malady with the first US-manufactured commercial 5G base station from Ericsson’s new 5G factory in Texas. Verizon chief technology officer Kyle Malady with the first US-manufactured commercial 5G base station from Ericsson’s new 5G factory in Texas. Courtesy Ericsson

US telecommunications service provider Verizon has become the first of Erissson's 5G customers to receive a American-made commercial base station from the company's new factory in Texas.

Ericsson makes most of its products in China where it has a manufacturing site and R&D facilities with about 14,000 employees in its North East Asia region, which includes China, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan.

The US factory was opened in March and will be fully operational by the end of the year. The delivery is an indication that the company is strengthening its US capabilities in 5G research, design, manufacturing and service delivery.

The 5G base station delivered to Verizon is the millimetre-wave Street Macro solution, which is key to Ericsson’s 5G portfolio for North American customers. It produces 5G and Advanced Antenna System radios to boost network capacity.

Verizon chief technology officer Kyle Malady said: “Ericsson’s smart factory is a cornerstone of our collaboration as we work together to bring 5G to our consumer, enterprise and public safety customers.

"Together these types of innovation will accelerate our 5G deployments, as we expand our 5G leadership in technology and continue to rapidly build the ecosystem with our partners.”

Ericsson head of Networks and executive vice-president Fredrik Jejdling said: “As the most advanced platform for innovation, 5G will enable a transformation across enterprises – as we are now experiencing in our own smart factories.

"Automation and remote operations have become more important and we’re working with our customers to make them available for the benefit of industries.

"From producing the first 5G base stations at our 5G US Smart Factory earlier this year, we’ve made our first commercial delivery to Verizon. That’s just the beginning.”


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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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