Ericsson to build 5G network for China Telecom and China Unicom

Ericsson revealed that it will partner with China Telecom and China Unicom, two leading mobile operators, to deploy Ericsson Radio System, including Ericsson Spectrum Sharing, as they roll out 5G across China.
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Ericsson in April said it won a 5G network contract from China Mobile including 5G radio access network (RAN) and 5G core (5GC) components for the second phase of its nationwide new radio (NR) standalone rollout.

Ericsson will provide outdoor and indoor site solutions to build capacity and coverage in the 3.5GHz and 2.1GHz bands to China Telecom and China Unicom. Network services including provisioning, installation and testing will be provided to meet the SPs’ technical needs and enable them to build and share 5G networks, Ericsson said today.

The Ericsson Radio System product will facilitate the Standalone (SA) 5G RAN build out of China Telecom and China Unicom across the country.

3.5GHz and 200MHz wideband 5G radio solutions will serve shared network building needs for high-call-volume while 2.1GHz 5G radio solutions will support the mixed deployment of 3G, 4G and 5G networks. This will help China Telecom and China Unicom to quickly achieve coverage breadth and depth.

China Telecom has also selected Ericsson 5G Core portfolio solutions. These include Cloud Packet Core, Cloud Unified Data Management and Policy products, built on cloud-native technology for operational efficiency and agility to launch new 5G services. The Ericsson 5G Core network will be deployed on Ericsson Network Functions Virtualization Infrastructure (NFVI) along with Ericsson Dynamic Orchestration.

Ericsson, which competes with Nokia, Huawei, ZTE and Samsung, currently has 91 commercial 5G agreements and contracts with unique operators, including 36 live 5G networks on four continents.