Ericsson launches 5G platform to help operators to offer advanced use cases

Ericsson announced that it teamed up with SK Telecom Korea in December to carry out what it described as the first successful live demonstration of an end-to-end 5G network at its lab in Kista, Sweden.

Ericsson has also introduced federated network slices to the 5G platform, extending network slicing to be provided globally in a visited network.

In 5G, network slicing is an infrastructural process that separates a physical network into several virtual mobile networks.

The demonstration was hosted at SK Telecom's 5G Testbed at the BMW driving center at Yeoungjong-do, as well as Deutsche Telekom's corporate R&D center in Bonn, Germany. During the operation of the network, demo participants in other countries were able to control an AR robot to fix aircraft parts remotely without any delay of signals, according to the Korean company. "5G will provide extreme user experience anywhere and anytime, even when the user roams across different operators globally".

Ericsson Network Products Business Unit head Arun Bansal said: "With this launch, we introduce our 5G platform to support the beginning of a huge change in network capabilities, allowing our customers to offer more advanced use cases and new business models to their customers".

Ericsson first demonstrated 5G network slicing technology in partnership with SK Telecom in October 2015.

Ericsson said the rapid move towards data-heavy applications like Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality shows the need for a new generation of network, adding that its platform includes support systems and security as well as the technical components that operators need.

The test was conducted on February 14th, and entailed a fix worker using an augmented reality headset to communicate with colleagues while working overseas.

This will require pre-existing agreements covering aspects including network slice availability at the access layer, availability in the core network and connections to customer application services. "We will make continuous efforts for world's first 5G trial service and commercialization".

He said Ericsson will be displaying be a 5G phone, albeit one so big it needs to be wheeled around, at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona later this month.

Established in 1984, SK Telecom is the largest mobile operator in Korea by both revenue and number of subscribers. The company is not only leading innovation in the field of mobile network, but also providing IoT, media, home and platform services.

  • Arturo Norris