According to Ericsson’s official website, the company currently has 100 5G commercial contracts. As of now, Ericsson has a publicizable 5G commercial contract with 58 operator customers. In addition, it provides equipment for 56 already operational 5G commercial networks in 23 countries. Its 5G live network also cut across five continents.
Ericsson has achieved this milestone by announcing a 5G cooperation agreement with Telekom Slovenije on August 12th. From the early stage of 5G R&D, Ericsson has also been cooperating with major service provider partners. The company released its first public 5G cooperation agreement in 2014.
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Initially, it was technology participation and Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) partnership, followed by 5G NR technology testing and experiments. After this, there were also online announcements and commercial transactions. Its first commercial launch of a live 5G network dates back to 2018.
Furthermore, Ericsson’s contracts cover radio access network (RAN) and core network deployment. These contracts are supported by products and solutions from the Ericsson Radio System and Ericsson Cloud Core network product portfolios.
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Ericsson’s 5G deployment includes 5G NSA, 5G SA, and Ericsson spectrum sharing technology. They also include the cloud native capabilities of Ericsson’s dual-mode 5G core network.
Ericsson has deployed 5G networks in high, medium, and low-frequency bands in different urban, suburban, and rural environments to support enhanced mobile broadband and fixed wireless access business cases.
Ericsson President and CEO, Börje Ekholm said: “Customer needs have been at the core of the development and evolution of Ericsson’s 5G technology from the beginning. We are committed to this commitment to promote 100 communication service providers worldwide to choose our technology to achieve their 5G success…We will continue to be customer-centric and help them deliver the benefits of 5G as a key national infrastructure to their customers, industries, society, and the country.”
Ericsson has also worked with service partners, universities, technical institutes, and industrial partners to develop and create 5G commercial and consumer use cases. These use cases include factory automation, smart offices, remote surgery, and other enterprise and Industry 4.0 applications.