Ericsson has expanded its 5G platform aimed at service providers with new software and hardware solutions for the implementation of the faster mobile connection. The solutions extend network capacity and coverage, and should ensure smooth network evolution.

Providers receive support from non-standalone (NSA) 5G New Radio (NR) for the roll-out of commercial 5G networks. However, Ericsson has now unveiled a stand-alone NR software solution. This expands the implementation possibilities, but also creates a new network architecture with several advantages. In this way, the architecture ensures low latency and better coverage.

The NR software can be installed on existing Ericsson Radio System hardware. By linking these to the 5G dual-mode Cloud Core solutions, the new products can open up new business opportunities for providers. According to the company, most providers will start with NSA, and only install the stand-alone variant once the 5G coverage has been determined.

Ericsson has also added two new Massive MIMO radios to the Ericsson Radio System mid-band portfolio, allowing service providers to build 5G more precisely. The AIR 1636 should provide wider coverage, optimized performance for longer inter-site distances. The AIR 1623 is designed for a simple build with minimal cost of ownership.

Cloud solution

Furthermore, Ericsson has developed a cloud solution with an offer optimized for edge computing. This enables service providers to offer new consumer and enterprise 5G services. Think for example of augmented reality and content distribution at low costs. The latency is also low, while the accuracy is high.

The solution, Edge NFVI, is part of the end-to-end managed and orchestrated, distributed cloud architecture. The solution not only makes it possible to launch new services in the cloud, but also to distribute workloads and optimise the network.

Finally, a partner VNF Certification Service has been launched. This is a certification programme for partners for virtual network functions (VNF). The service is open to all VNF vendors and offers a certificate on the Ericsson NVFI platform with Ericsson Labs. This should develop an ecosystem with a shorter time to market.

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