According to the Digital Trends, at the press conference of the World Mobile Congress (MWC) 2019 on Monday morning, Ericsson President and CEO Börje Ekholm said: ‘We are as of today rolling out 5G networks in North America with live traffic. The technology is here and there is more to come. We are truly switching on 5G in 2019.’
Eckhem said that Ericsson has signed 10 5G formal contracts – more than any other supplier, and the company has hired more than 4,000 engineers to carry out research and development work to promote the company’s influence in new areas.
He also said that Ericsson will launch nine new radios at MWC. The company is pushing antenna development, making the future access point the size of a matchbox. The device is small enough to have adhered with mere tape – ideal for dense urban environments, stadiums, etc.
Ericsson is using the exclusive ‘dynamic spectrum sharing’ feature to expedite the rollout. It’s coming toward the end of the year and supported by basebands. This method allows a service provider to roll out 5G coverage very quickly.
Ekholm said that 5G will be a vital national infrastructure. And they are agnostic when it comes to the national security probably hinting at the situation around Huawei.
Obviously, the new era of 5G will lead to new apps, especially for AR and gaming. But it’s naïve to think the 5G network will have an impact on the consumer space only. ‘The increasing use of robotics will dramatically transform future manufacturing systems.’ Recently, we have been talking about smart cities. And we know 5G has a big role in it. This is about society itself changing. Of course, this won’t happen in a single night. It’s calculated that even by 2024, the majority of connections will still be 4G LTE ones. But Ericsson has been preparing for this since 2015, by sending over 5 million 5G radios to ensure their customers be ready for the 5G transformation.