Ericsson and Telstra unite as 5G nears reality

"While a 5G world is some time away, it is important to begin key foundational work now to help us to better understand this emerging new technology..."

Ericsson and Telstra Australia will join forces and collaborate on the development of 5G standards and technologies, across radio access and core network innovation.

Building on the successful partnership between Telstra and Ericsson, the 5G collaboration will ensure that evolving industry standards and Ericsson's 5G solutions reflect the needs of advanced mobile network operators.

"While a 5G world is some time away, it is important to begin key foundational work now to help us to better understand this emerging new technology and what it can do for customers across Australia and the world,” says Mike Wright, Group Managing Director Networks, Telstra.

“For Telstra, 5G will be an evolution of our world leading 4G network, and we are keen to work together with our network partner Ericsson to drive the standards, test new concepts and research the new architectures.”

Areas of collaboration include around 3GPP Standards, with Telstra and Ericsson standards teams set to work closely together to ensure the evolving standards capture the requirements of advanced operators such as Telstra.

Telstra will also run a 5G field trial in Australia which will include opportunities for Telstra's industry partners and customers to experience the potential of 5G.

The collaboration activities will commence in the second quarter of 2015 and continue to evolve as the standards mature and 5G becomes a commercial network reality around the 2020 timeframe.

"Delivering the benefits of 5G requires an end-to-end approach that includes devices, RAN and core networks,” adds Håkan Eriksson, Head of Ericsson A/NZ and Fiji.

“The 5G collaboration with Telstra will deepen our understanding of latest innovations, architectures and use cases important to 5G.

“It also presents an opportunity to understand how Machine Type Communications (MTC) a key component of 5G can transform many industries including utilities, mining, logistics and agriculture to mention but a few.

"Ericsson has worked closely with Telstra to trial and introduce many advanced radio and core technologies such as LTE Advanced and LTE Broadcast. Our collaboration and partnership on 5G is another key area of innovation."

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