Swedish telco Ericsson is teaming up with Japanese information and technology (ICT) firm Fujitsu to provide end-to-end 5G network solutions.
Under the partnership, the companies will develop 5G network and related solutions using their joint portfolios which include radio access and core network. The new solutions will connect communications service providers (CSPs) to the global 5G ecosystem.
According to Ericsson, there will be 5 billion 5G subscriptions around the world by 2023, covering 20% of the global population by 5G technology. In the era of 5G, CSPs anticipate the ability to deliver highly scalable, and intelligent services via open and globally standardized technology for core and radio access network for more efficient network operations.
The partnership will help CSPs gain that ability as Fujitsu is a leading network technology provider, and Ericsson a global leader in 5G.
Ericsson has been working on 5G development for long with several mobile operators globally. Recently, it partnered with Beeline’s VimpelCom for development of 5G and IoT technologies over the next two years.
In July this year, the company had set up 5G innovation lab in India to accelerate 5G deployment in the country by encouraging collaboration between telcos, startups and academia. For 5G interoperability, Ericsson jointly demonstrated the technology with Verizon and Qualcomm.
“Our global expertise in 5G combined with our understanding of the local market puts us in an excellent position to support the introduction of 5G in Japan,” said Fredrik Jejdling, Executive Vice President and Head of Business Area Networks at Ericsson.
By working closely with operators and partners, we are creating solutions that will bring successful use cases and applications to the market. With Fujitsu we get an excellent partner to accelerate this development.”
Whereas, Fujitsu is working with major telecom providers to support open standards activities and achieve broad interoperability for its radio access products.
“Through this partnership with Ericsson, we will provide flexible 5G network systems that are open and standard compliant, and will leverage our expertise in wireless technologies and network integration to a wide range of customers in and outside of Japan,” said Tango Matsumoto, Executive Vice President, Head of Network Business Group at Fujitsu.
“From mobile broadband, expected to be the first widespread use case of 5G, to the Internet of Things (IoT) and beyond, this partnership holds out the promise of exciting new business opportunities.”
The strength of both the companies in research and development will initially bring the new systems and solutions to service providers in Japan, and then to other global customers.