Ericsson demonstrates first 5G end-to-end network

Ericsson demonstrates first 5G end-to-end network [Image: turk_stock_photographer via iStock]

In a further advancement in 5G, Ericsson has announced it has demonstrated the first end-to-end 5G trial system as the common infrastructure for future services.

The successful live demonstration, which took place in collaboration with SK Telecom Korea, happened on December 21 2016 in Ericsson's lab in Kista, Sweden. Ericsson said that it made use of Cloud Core, virtual RAN and over-the-air New Radio (NR) and LTE interworking. A similar demonstration then happened the following day with Telefonica, involving Cloud RAN.

According to Ericsson, 5G provides the infrastructure and services to meet the demands of a networked society as well as the Internet of Things (IoT), which is advancing every day. The company said that 5G will impact the entire mobile network and associated ecosystems, ranging from devices to radio access as well as IP core and the cloud.

Håkan Djuphammar, head of strategy and technology of the IT and Cloud Business Unit at Ericsson, said: “These live demonstrations with SK Telecom and Telefonica show Ericsson's long-term commitment to 5G. By leading the development of 5G technologies end-to-end, we are driving 5G technology closer to reality."

During the live demonstration, the companies achieved end-to-end data rates of more than 1Gbps and ‘round-trip’ latencies of roughly four milliseconds to a gateway outside of the core. The 5G NR used 800MHz bandwidth and ran on 15GHz.

It follows Ericsson demonstrating dynamic network slicing with full management and orchestration of the network at the 5G World Summit in London in June.

Ericsson is planning to discuss and perform demonstrations on 5G, platforms and services for IT, the cloud, connected solutions for industries and the IoT, among other topics, at Mobile World Congress 2017, which kicks off on February 27th.