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Ericsson, Qualcomm Achieve First CBRS 5G NR Call

In a field trial, Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies completed the first over-the-air 5G New Radio (NR) call on CBRS (Citizen Broadband Radio Service) spectrum, according to a statement from Ericsson.

Ericsson said that the combination of 5G NR over CBRS will enable a wide range of new applications for enterprises and industry verticals, which in turn supports the proliferation of private networks, further propelling the Industry 4.0 evolution.

“The promise of 5G NR in the CBRS band offers nearly unlimited potential for enterprise applications and industries,” said Paul Challoner, vice president of network product solutions for Ericsson North America. “This demonstrates our technology leadership and investments to date, and the fruits of our collaboration to drive the promise of private networks in the Industry 4.0 evolution.”

Francesco Grilli, vice president of product management at Qualcomm Technologies said that the 5G NR call over CBRS spectrum was a milestone with Ericsson in enabling the potential of 5G and woud help address the increasing data demand and evolving uses for wireless connectivity among consumers, enterprises, governments and other organizations.

“Qualcomm Technologies has been at the forefront of commercialization of CBRS with support since 2017 in our Snapdragon Mobile Platforms, LTE modems and the Snapdragon X55 and X65 5G Modem-RF Systems,” Grilli said.

CBRS, which uses shared spectrum from 3.55 GHz to 3.7 GHz, has been the catalyst for innovation to expand cellular usage beyond enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB) in the United States, the statement reads. Combined with the commercial rollout of Priority Access Licenses (PAL), LTE-based CBRS network deployments are rapidly gaining momentum and proliferating across thousands of sites across the country, it said. The statement said that these sites enable use cases such as fixed wireless access (FWA), mobile network densification and private cellular networks.

“As the rollout of 5G NR network equipment in the CBRS band occurs, private cellular network performance will deliver improved throughput, reduced latency, enhanced reliability and greater connection density, thereby allowing for advanced applications such as mobile robotics, connected manufacturing and facilities and augmented reality industrial applications,” the statement reads. “In addition, the coordination of CBRS and licensed spectrum, such as C-band, through carrier aggregation further delivers increased capacity to enhance the user experience.”

According to Ericsson, with the first over-the-air 5G NR call, Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies can deliver the power of 5G NR to CBRS shared spectrum. The field trial took place at Ericsson’s North America headquarters in Plano, Texas, using Ericsson’s 5G distributed innovation networkm together with a smartphone form-factor test device enabled by the Snapdragon 888 5G mobile platform and the Snapdragon X60 5G modem-RF system, Ericsson said. The standalone 5G network configuration with rooftop radios allowed for various real-life test scenarios, including intra- and inter-band mobility and carrier aggregation (3.55-3.7 GHz TDD and C-band), as well as mobility between n48 and 5G low-band, or 4G, Ericssson’s statement reads.

Ericsson radios 4408 and AIR 6449 and the smartphone form-factor test device were used for the trial, and the over-the-air environment was made possible with the use of FCC test licenses, Ericsson said.

 

Ericsson Radios Boost 5G Connectivity in Urban Hotspots

Equipment manufacturer Ericsson is expanding its portfolio of 5G radios with three new offerings geared toward urban environments, the company disclosed.

For its Street Solutions line, Ericsson designed the compact, lightweight radios to seamlessly blend in with streetlights, buildings and other urban hardscapes, the company said. It said the radios would allow communications service providers (CSPs) to build robust 5G service across all bands in urban environments while blending in seamlessly with the cityscapes.

“Urban deployments are critical for reaching the full potential of 5G,” said Kevin Zvokel, head of networks for Ericsson North America. “We know CSPs are looking for ways to deploy quickly and with simplicity, maximizing the 5G user experience while leveraging minimally intrusive equipment. Ericsson’s solutions do just this and can bring a complete 5G network to life across all bands.”

Made with Ericsson Silicon, the company’s system-on-a-chip technology, the radios are:

Street Radio 4402. Designed to turn a streetlight into a low- or mid-band 5G site in 15 minutes, these compact radios are an industry-unique collaboration with Ubicquia, boosting 4G and 5G experience with zero footprint.

AIR 4435. The 4T4R street antenna-integrated radio is designed for minimum footprint and easy installations, adding mid-band capacity to macro coverage gaps.

Street Macro 6705. A mmWave base station with integrated RAN compute is an end-to-end solution with low visual effect.

The Street Solutions line also includes transport solutions for any 5G street site, with wired and wireless backhaul and fronthaul solutions. Zero-footprint power systems for street and hotspot sites are carry-to-site, with low maintenance and operations costs.

Ericsson said that 5G deployments are accelerating across the country at a faster rate than expected. According to its annual mobility report, by the end of 2021, 25 percent of the global population will have 5G coverage. In North America, Ericsson said, more than 360 million 5G subscriptions are anticipated in the region by 2026, accounting for 84 percent of mobile subscriptions.

According to Ericsson, however, connectivity can suffer in dense urban environments, and as 5G comes to U.S. cities, urban rollouts are grappling with challenges such as how to deploy non-intrusive sites, how best to use all frequency layers, and how to streamline site permitting and installation. Many sites need to expand 5G capacity, and hotspots and streets need strengthened capacity in both low, mid and high-band to build a complete 5G network as traffic grows, the manufacturer said.

Source: Ericsson

 

Ericsson Reports Second Quarter Results

By The Editors of AGL

Second-quarter highlights

  • Group organic sales grew by 8 percent YoY, despite a sales decline in Mainland China of SEK -2.5 b. YoY and an IPR revenue decline of SEK -0.5 b. YoY. Reported sales were SEK 54.9 (55.6) b.
  • Gross margin excluding restructuring charges improved to 43.4 percent (38.2 percent driven mainly by operational leverage in Networks. Q2 2020 was negatively impacted by inventory write-down and initial 5G deployments in Mainland China. The reported gross margin was 43.4 percent (37.6 percent
  • EBIT excluding restructuring charges improved to SEK 5.8 b. (10.6 percent) from SEK 4.5 b. (8.2 percent) YoY driven by Networks. Reported EBIT was SEK 5.8 (3.9) b.
  • Organic sales in Networks grew by 11 percent YoY, driven by market share gains. Sales in Mainland China were SEK -2.0 b. lower YoY. The reported EBIT margin was 21.7 percent (13.2 percent).
  • Organic sales in Digital Services were stable YoY, despite a sales decline in Mainland China of SEK -0.5 b. YoY. Reported EBIT (loss) was SEK -1.6 (-0.7) b., impacted by a write-down of SEK -0.3 b. for pre-commercial product investments for the Chinese market.
  • The reported net income was SEK 3.9 (2.6) b.
  • Free cash flow before M&A was SEK 4.1 (3.2) b. supported by higher incoming IPR payments. Net cash per June 30, 2021, was SEK 43.7 (37.5) b.
  • The RAN market outlook for 2021 has been updated to 10 percent growth YoY, compared with previously 3 percent growth. Source: Dell’Oro.

The opportunity from enterprise for 5G provides an exciting growth path for Ericsson. Building on the strong foundations of our core business Ericsson continues to take a stepwise approach to invest in growth in Dedicated Networks, IoT, and the wireless portfolio acquired with Cradlepoint. A 20-30 percent annual market growth in enterprise, with opportunities in automation, remote operations and safety management across whole industry sectors such as smart manufacturing, ports and airports, energy, mining, health and agriculture is expected.

Enterprise use cases in 5G – and the continuing growth in 4G – will drive the digital transformation of business globally combining the high performance, low latency and security benefits of wireless over traditional fixed networks. We are confident that wireless will be the first-choice connection for global business in the 5G era.

Source: Ericsson

US Cellular, Qualcomm, Ericsson, Inseego Address Digital Divide with Multigigabit Extended-range 5G Milestone Over mmWave

US Cellular, Qualcomm Technologies, Ericsson and Inseego have achieved a 5G wireless communications extended-range milestone over millimeter-wave (mmWave) on a commercial network. The milestone was accomplished at a distance of 7 kilometers km (4.34 miles), the farthest 5G mmWave fixed wireless access (FWA) connection in the United States, with sustained average downlink speeds of ~1 Gbps, sustained average uplink speeds of ~55 Mbps and instantaneous peak downlink speeds recorded at greater than 2 Gbps.

Additionally, at a distance of 1.75 km (1 mile) with no line of sight, the companies achieved sustained average downlink speeds of ~730 Mbps and sustained average uplink speeds of ~38 Mbps. The test operators achieved the results in Janesville, Wisconsin, on US Cellular’s commercial network by applying Ericsson’s extended-range software to commercial Ericsson hardware Antenna Integrated Radio (AIR) 5322, along with an Inseego Wavemaker Pro 5G outdoor CPE FW2010e powered by the Qualcomm 5G fixed wireless access platform gen 1 featuring the Qualcomm Snapdragon X55 5G modem-RF system and a Qualcomm QTM527 mmWave antenna module. The achievement demonstrated the impressive range and connectivity speeds 5G mmWave can provide to homes and businesses everywhere.

Why It’s Important

With its massive capacity, in particular achieving gigabit speeds at this wide range, 5G mmWave is a robust and crucial solution to meet the increasing traffic demand and expand broadband services to help bridge the digital divide throughout rural, suburban and urban communities. 5G mmWave will enable new business opportunities in FWA by providing a cost-effective and future-proof way for communication service providers to deliver high internet speeds. 5G FWA will address the last-mile connectivity challenges by allowing operators and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to deploy 5G connectivity to homes and institutions such as schools and hospitals. FWA provides the bandwidth required to support high-definition video streaming that can improve remote education and healthcare experiences in suburban and rural environments.

 

Executives Speak

“We believe that every household and business deserves access to reliable Internet access no matter where they are located, and the results we achieved in this latest mmWave test further confirm that wireless technology is key to providing high-speed broadband service in both urban and rural areas,” said Mike Irizarry, executive vice president and chief technology officer at US Cellular. “By collaborating with companies like Ericsson, Qualcomm and Inseego, we will continue to drive innovation with extended-range technology to ensure that wireless customers across rural America have an exceptional wireless experience designed for their communities.”

Manish Tripathi, vice president of engineering at Qualcomm Technologies, said his company was pleased with its s collaboration with US Cellular, Ericsson and Inseego.

“This milestone continues to highlight the growing momentum we’re seeing across the industry to bridge the digital divide,” Tripathi said. “Our innovations in 5G FWA will help operators and OEMs offer flexible and cost-effective, low-latency, extended range, multigigabit 5G broadband to their customers. The Qualcomm 5G fixed wireless access platform gen 1 was designed to deliver the first fully integrated extended-range mmWave solution to deploy 5G connectivity to homes, small businesses, schools, hospitals and town halls.”

Ashish Sharma, president of IoT and mobile solutions at Inseego, referred to the Inseego Wavemaker Pro 5G outdoor CPE FW2010e as an exciting, high-performance product within the company’s growing portfolio of 5G fixed wireless access solutions.

“In addition to providing long-distance millimeter wave connectivity, we’re delivering the exceptionally high throughput that’s essential for enterprise, SMB and home internet users,” Sharma said. “This performance will get even better with other features we support in our Wavemaker PRO FW2010e 5G solution. It’s truly a game-changer for the FWA market.”

 

The Companies

Chicago-based US Cellular is the fourth-largest full-service wireless carrier in the United States. It provides national network coverage and innovations designed to elevate the customer experience.

Qualcomm is a wireless technology innovator and a force behind the development, launch and expansion of 5G.

Ericsson enables communications service providers to capture the value of connectivity. The company’s portfolio spans networks, digital services, managed services and emerging business, and is designed to help customers go digital, increase efficiency and find new revenue streams.

Inseego offers smart device-to-cloud solutions that extend the 5G network edge, enabling broader 5G coverage, multigigabit data speeds, low latency and strong security to deliver highly reliable internet access.

Source: US Cellular

Ericsson Launches 5G RAN Slicing

Ericsson has launched 5G network slicing for radio access networks (RAN) that will enable communications service providers to deliver customized 5G services with guaranteed performance. The game changer that will allow the monetization of the 5G wireless infrastructure.

Now commercially available, Ericsson 5G RAN Slicing allocates radio resources at 1 millisecond scheduling and supports multi-dimensional service differentiation handling across slices. This strengthens end-to-end slicing capabilities for dynamic resource management and orchestration that ensure the high-quality end-user experience required by diverse use cases.
Network slicing supports multiple logical networks for different service types over one common infrastructure. It is a key enabler for unlocking 5G revenue opportunities such as enhanced video, and in-car connectivity, and extended reality.

An Ericsson report estimates  $712 billion in an addressable consumer market for service providers by 2030. The addressable market for network slicing alone in the enterprise segment is projected at USD 300 billion by 2025 (GSMA data). As 5G scales up, service providers are looking to maximize returns on their investments by targeting innovative and high revenue-generating use cases such as cloud gaming, smart factories, and smart healthcare.

Per Narvinger, head of product area networks, Ericsson said: “Ericsson 5G RAN Slicing dynamically optimizes radio resources to deliver significantly more spectrum-efficient radio access network slicing. What makes our solution distinct is that it boosts end-to-end management and orchestration support for fast and efficient service delivery. This gives service providers the differentiation and guaranteed performance needed to monetize 5G investments with diverse use cases. With 5G as innovation platform, we continue to drive value for our customers.”

Network slicing is one of the major 5G deployment models. Ericsson has ongoing 5G network slicing engagements for RAN, transport, core network and orchestration across the globe involving use cases for the consumer segment and enterprises/industry verticals such as video-assisted remote operations, AR/VR, TV/Media for sports event streaming, cloud gaming, smart city, and applications for Industry 4.0 and public safety.

Toshikazu Yokai, executive officer, chief director of mobile technology, at KDDI, said, “End-to-end slicing is key to monetizing 5G investment and RAN slicing will help make that happen. Across different slices in our mobile networks, RAN slicing will deliver the quality assurance and latency required by our customers.”

Mark Düsener, head of mobile and mass market communication at Swisscom, said: “We’re gearing up for the next stage of 5G where we expect to apply end-to-end network slicing, and RAN slicing is key to guaranteed performance. With efficient sharing of network resources across different slices, we will be able to provide communications for diverse 5G applications such as public safety or mobile private networks.”

Sue Rudd, director, networks and service platforms, Strategy Analytics, says: “Ericsson is the first vendor to offer a fully end-to-end solution with RAN slicing based on dynamic radio resource partitioning in under 1 millisecond using embedded radio control mechanisms to assure Quality of Service, Over the Air, in real time. This truly end-to-end approach integrates radio optimization with policy-controlled network orchestration to deliver inherently secure virtualized private RAN slicing without the loss of the 30 – 40 percent spectrum capacity due to ‘hard slicing’. Ericsson’s real-time dynamic RAN slicing bridges the ‘RAN gap’ to make E2E slicing profitable.”

Source: Ericsson