Eric­s­son pre­serves fight on 5G de­vel­op­ment in China

The Pak Banker - - COMPANIES/BOSS -

China is a strong foothold for Eric­s­son's re­search and de­vel­op­ment, man­u­fac­tur­ing and ser­vices ac­tiv­i­ties world­wide, com­pany ex­ec­u­tive said.

"The core-com­pet­i­tive­ness for Eric­s­son on 5G so­lu­tions in a mar­ket like China is that we have a full sys­tem view and we have a strong of­fer­ing, con­sist­ing of both prod­ucts and ser­vices, ev­ery­thing from the ac­cess, the trans­port, the cloud tech­nolo­gies and the com­plete man­age­ment on the ac­qui­si­tion," Sara Mazur, vice pres­i­dent and head of Eric­s­son Re­search, told chi­

At MWC (Mo­bile World Congress), Eric­s­son Pres­i­dent and CEO Hans Vest­berg said the com­pany has agree­ments with 20 ma­jor oper­a­tors around the world to work to­gether on 5G - more than any other ven­dor.

Vest­berg pointed out that 5G ra­dio test-bed field tri­als will start this year and the com­pany is ac­tive in align­ing in­dus­try time plans (3GPP, ITU-R) to as­sure the com­mer­cial launch of 5G in 2020.

Eric­s­son's 4G net­works have been broadly de­ployed on a global scale in North and South Amer­ica, the Asia Pa­cific re­gion, the Middle East and Europe. To cap­ture the next-gen­er­a­tion ul­tra-faster 5G mar­ket, the ven­dor has ramped up re­search and de­vel­op­ment in­vest­ments.

Eric­s­son's 5G wire­less pro­to­types have taken shape, and the ven­dor has co­op­er­ated with ma­jor oper­a­tors in Swe­den, the United States, Ja­pan, Korea and Brazil to test its 5G tech­nol­ogy.

Ac­cord­ing to a com­pany state­ment, Eric­s­son's an­nual R&D in­vest­ment in China ex­ceeds $310 mil­lion. With nearly 5,000 em­ploy­ees in Bei­jing, Shang­hai, Guangzhou, Nan­jing, Chengdu and Shen­zhen ac­tively en­gaged in R&D and prod­uct de­vel­op­ment of the en­tire Eric­s­son port­fo­lio, China has be­come the largest and a truly global R&D base for Eric­s­son world­wide out­side Swe­den.

Cur­rently, Nan­jing Eric­s­son Panda Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Co Ltd has grown into Eric­s­son's largest sup­ply and man­u­fac­tur­ing hub, sup­port­ing the com­pany's global sup­ply net­work and pro­vid­ing prod­ucts for GSM, WCDMA, LTE and TD-LTE to more than 100 coun­tries.

Eric­s­son is also work­ing closely with the Chi­nese govern­ment, academia and the en­tire ecosys­tem in China to drive the global stan­dard­iza­tion of 5G. On Dec 21, the com­pany and China Mo­bile Re­search In­sti­tute (CMRI) signed a Mem­o­ran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing (MoU) to col­lab­o­rate on 5G re­search and de­vel­op­ment.

The agree­ment will help drive in­no­va­tion and early ap­pli­ca­tion of 5G mo­bile net­work tech­nol­ogy in the coun­try. Un­der the terms of the MoU, which will ini­tially cover a five- year pe­riod, Eric­s­son and China Mo­bile will co­op­er­ate in ver­i­fi­ca­tion, trial and stan­dard­iza­tion of a new 5G Air In­ter­face for com­mer­cial de­ploy­ment from 2020.

It also will closely in­ter­work be­tween 5G and the evo­lu­tion of LTE, as well as in­no­vate RAN fea­tures to sup­port fu­ture in­dus­trial use cases and demon­strate, ver­ify and con­duct tri­als of nar­row­band IoT (NB-IoT) for mas­sive ma­chine-type com­mu­ni­ca­tion, as well as col­lab­o­ra­tion on cor­re­spond­ing ver­ti­cal use cases.

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