Ericsson announced it has been selected by SoftBank to deliver cloud native 5G Core for SoftBank’s 5G Standalone Network.
The solution, which includes Ericsson Cloud Packet Core, Ericsson Cloud Unified Data Management and Policy, as well as Ericsson NFVI, will play a key role in SoftBank’s operational transformation.
Zero-touch operation, including continuous delivery and integration processes (CI/CD), is made possible through container-based microservice architecture and its automation capabilities.
Ericsson’s dual-mode 5G Core provides SoftBank with capabilities that enable the development of new 5G use cases for mobile broadband users, as well as for enterprises and industry partners.
In May 2019, Ericsson was selected by SoftBank as its primary 5G radio access network (RAN) vendor.
Keiichi Makizono, CIO of SoftBank, said: “Japan is a leading 5G telecom market and together with Ericsson we are building a new platform of innovation for the country.”
Ericsson currently has 99 commercial 5G agreements or contracts with unique operators and supports 54 live 5G networks worldwide.