With 5G deployments rapidly gatheringmomentum globally, Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) continues to lead the waywith its service-provider-focused 5G platformthrough the launch of new software and hardware solutions to expand 5G deployment options. Thenew solutions extend network capacity and coverage, enablingsmooth network evolution, and facilitating newconsumer and industry use cases.
While alreadysupporting frontrunner service providers through therolloutof commercial 5G using non-standalone (NSA) 5G New Radio (NR), Ericsson has now introduced standalone NR software. In addition to extending deployment possibilities, 5G standalone NR software makes for a new network architecture,delivering key benefits such as ultra-low latency andeven better coverage.
Ericsson is also evolving its cloud solution with an offering optimized for edge computing to meet user demand. This will enableservice providers to offer new consumer and enterprise 5G servicessuch as augmented reality and content distribution at low cost, low latency, and high accuracy.
Fredrik Jejdling, Executive Vice President and Head of Business Area Networks, Ericsson, says: “We continue to focus our efforts on helping our customers succeed with 5G. These new solutionswill allow them to follow the 5G evolution path that fits their ambitions in the simplest and most efficient way.”
Meeting operator needs for smooth evolution with standalone and non-standalone 5G
Thenew standalone5G NR softwarecan be installedon existing Ericsson Radio System hardware. Coupled with Ericsson’s5G dual-mode Cloud Coresolutions,the new products are aimed at openingnew business opportunities for service providers – especially having established an architecture that facilitates agility, provides advancedsupport for network slicing and enables the speedy creation of new services.
Most operators will start with NSA and oncethe 5G coverage has been established, also deploy standalone.
Low bands will play a key role incost-efficiently extendingthe coverage provided by5G deployments to date. Ericsson has also launchedInter-band NR Carrier Aggregation – a new software feature thatextends the coverage and capacity ofNR on mid- and high bands when combined with NR on low bands.This will improve speedsindoors and in areas with poorcoverage.
Two new Massive MIMO radios have also been added to the Ericsson Radio System mid-band portfolio, allowing service providers to build 5G with precision: AIR 1636 for wider coveragewhich provides optimized performance on longer inter-site distances;and AIR 1623for easy site buildwith minimal total cost of ownership.
Powerful edge solution for distributed cloud services
5G enables augmented reality, content distribution and gaming, and other applications that require low latency and high bandwidth to perform with accuracy. To help service providers meet these requirements and offer new consumer and enterprise services, Ericsson is evolving its cloud solution with the launch of Ericsson Edge NFVI (Network Functions Virtualization Infrastructure), optimized for the network edge.
A compact and highly efficient solution, Ericsson Edge NFVI is part of the end-to-end managed and orchestrated distributed cloud architecture, which makes it possible to distribute workloads, optimize the network and enable new services in the cloud.
Certification program for virtual network function-vendors
Ericsson is also launching the Ericsson partner VNF Certification Service, a partner certification program for virtual network functions (VNF). The service is open to all VNF vendors and grants a certification on the Ericsson NFVI platform using Ericsson Labs. This will create an ecosystem with a shorter time-to-market for working with partners and applications.
Industry Analyst Hugh Ujhazy, Vice President, IOT & Telecommunications at International Data Corporation (IDC), Asia Pacific, says: “Ericsson’s latest 5G offerings equip service providers with an even broader 5G portfolio by adding the Standalone NR option. The series of solutions being added to the Ericsson 5G platform will allow service providers to deploy 5G sensibly and address new business opportunities with full flexibility. What you get is faster, cheaper, makes better use of existing assets and with fewer truck rolls. That’s pretty cool.”
Dana Cooperson, Research Director, Analysis Mason, says: “Improved E2E 4G/5G network architecture flexibility and new 5G use cases require distribution to the edge. To be successful in providing new services it is essential to have a cost-efficient platform for distributed workloads. Ericsson’s initiative with the Edge NFVI solution and distributed cloud architecture will contribute to service providers’ success in 5G.”