MWC19: Ericsson expands 5G solutions with new features

Ericsson announced the expansion of its 5G Platform with additions across core, radio access and transport areas, as well as service orchestration.
Ericsson 5G solutionsMobile data traffic is expected to increase by 5 times by 2024 and 5G networks will carry 25 percent of the mobile data traffic at that time, according to Ericsson Mobility Report.

Daryl Schoolar, practice leader, Service Provider Technology, Ovum, said: “Ericsson’s latest product launches further facilitate the vendor’s goal of providing its customers with a smooth and efficient transition from 4G to 5G.”

Telecom operators such as Swisscom and MTN Nigeria are relying on Ericsson for their 5G networks.

Patrick Weibel, head of 5G Program, Swisscom, said: “Ericsson’s dual-mode 5G Cloud Core allows for the flexible evolution of our 4G Core network to a combined 4G and 5G network while maintaining cost efficiency.”

Albert Makyur, senior manager at Network Division, MTN Nigeria, said: “The capabilities of the new MINI-LINK 6200 family can help us to handle the continued data traffic growth cost-efficiently.”

Ericsson evolves the Cloud Core portfolio with seven products supporting 5G Standalone and Non-Standalone.

The Dual-mode 5G Cloud Core solution is cloud native for automated capacity management, efficient and robust operations. It delivers a high-performance user plane to cope with 5G use case needs and includes open APIs for innovation on 5G capabilities like network slicing and edge computing.

Ericsson is enhancing the capacity of its microwave portfolio and adding a new MINI-LINK 6200 family of 5G-ready Long Haul solutions supporting up to 10Gbps capacities. The company is expanding its router and fronthaul portfolios to offer service providers flexible and modular solutions suited to their deployment needs.

Ericsson, as part of its vRAN strategy, is also launching nine dual band, triple band, and high-performance Massive MIMO radios. The new frequency bands will help telecom engineers to optimize site construction and have the ability to add radio capacity.

Ericsson’s virtualization of the 5G NR software enables service providers to introduce an architecture where data traffic processing intelligence is higher up in the network, providing additional flexibility for some deployment scenarios.

The evolution of Ericsson Dynamic Orchestration solution brings network slicing automation comprising creation, testing and deployment of network slices for the quick introduction of 5G services.

The solution implements AI-powered closed-loop automation for hybrid networks in a multi-vendor environment to identify service impact and adapt the network in real-time to deliver the best end-user experience.

“Ericsson has the portfolio in place for service providers to switch on 5G today and we are currently rolling out commercial 5G networks in the US, Europe, Asia and Australia,” said Fredrik Jejdling, head of Business Area Networks, Ericsson.