Ericsson says it will be the provider of equipment to power 5G "around the world in 2019," claiming its customers are the world leader in transition to next-generation networks.
Lecture at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Borje Ekholm, CEO of Ericsson, said the company had commercial 5G contracts and 42 agreements with ten service providers.
The United States, which does not take rival Huawei into account, has been a particularly fertile market for Ericsson, which has invested significant resources in its development and sales activities in the country to be closer to its customers and better to its customers to be able to enter.
Ekholm said the capabilities of his equipment, including the Ericsson Radio System, meant it was ideally suited to serve communications service providers around the world. Ericsson says ERS has been ready for 5G New Radio (5G NR) since 201
Rollout of 5G, "he said. "Our strategy is to work with leading clients in leading countries where Spektrum is available. We are technology leaders.
"Our unique shared frequency usage is the most economical way for customers to deploy 5G with existing bandwidth. This means that the spectrum is optimally used for both 4G and 5G. It's one of the smartest ways to use one of the most valuable resources in mobile use.
"With Frequency Sharing, our customers have a true 5G Frontrunner advantage."
Currently, 5G networks in the US and the South are active in Korea, but the GSMA expects another 16 countries to be interconnected in 2019 become.
Ekholm said that North America and Asia are currently the leading regions as more data needs to be addressed. Meanwhile, China has been interested in industrial applications since its early stages of development.
"In Europe, we were slower, but that has a lot to do with the regulatory environment," he said. "The frequency situation has not been resolved since half of the countries [in Europe] did not provide it."
Acquisition of Kathrein
To strengthen its 5G capacity Ericsson acquires the antenna and filter business of the German company Kathrein. The company is already a supplier. Ericsson's in-house production of the antenna unit provides additional know-how to create antennas that can handle multiple frequencies and be compressed to smaller form factors. Under the contract, 4,000 Kathrein employees will join Ericsson.
Ericsson would be one of the main beneficiaries of all measures to exclude Huawei from the introduction of 5G in Europe. When asked if Ericsson would benefit from upgrading Huawei's devices under the pretense of a 5G upgrade, Ekholm said it was a "hypothetical question".
"We need to let governments decide what to do here," he said. "However, when we find insecurity among our customers, we prepare our supply chain to deliver products to our customers quickly."
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