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Ericsson, Softbank start 5G trials

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Ericsson is extending its long-term partnership with Japanese mobile operator SoftBank, by adding joint field trials of 5G technology in Tokyo.The two companies will co-operate in developing a common understanding of 5G use cases and deployment scenarios, and will evaluate the performance of potential 5G key technology components in joint field trials as well as to collaborate on 5G research projects.

The joint field trial will demonstrate ultra-high bit rates and ultra-low latency with the Ericsson 5G trial system by using a number of frequency bands.

5G will evolve the entire future communication eco-system, from devices to mobile access, IP core and into the cloud. Ericsson’s latest 5G test network initiatives focus on the interactions between mobile devices and the radio access network, in both indoor and outdoor scenarios.

Hideyuki Tsukuda, senior vice-president and head of Mobile Network Unit at SoftBank, says: “As SoftBank Ericsson, Softbank start 5G trialsfocuses on continuous improvement of the network to the benefit of our customers, we are interested in the 5G evolution and new MTC (Machine-type-communication) applications. We look forward to working with our partner to show the potential of 5G technologies via this joint trial activity.”

Yossi Cohen, president and representative director of Ericsson Japan, comments: “As the industries are undergoing rapid transformation, 5G will be an integral component of this movement toward the Networked Society. I’m excited about the new technologies that we are exploring in the joint trial collaboration with SoftBank. With this new collaboration we will continue to strengthen our partnership with them.”

Ericsson has developed advanced antenna technologies with wider bandwidths, higher frequencies and shorter transmission time intervals, as well as radio base stations built with baseband units and radio units developed specifically for the 5G trials and already succeeded in achieving bitrates of over 5Gbps in live, over-the-air demonstrations of the company’s pre-standard 5G network technology.