Ericsson starts 5G plans in India to take early lead

Ericsson starts 5G plans in India to take early lead

Global CEO outlines India push at Ericsson Connect

Ericsson starts 5G plans in India to take early lead

Targeting the indoor space, Swedish telecom company Ericsson on Wednesday announced the launch of its next major software, Ericsson Networks Software 16A, which features a new suite of LTE software upgrades.

Among the other significant announcements that Swedish communications technology and services firm announced at its flagship event Ericsson Connect held here was this software that features advances in uplink and downlink performance.

Speaking about it, Arun Bansal, senior vice president, head of Business Unit Radio, Ericsson, said: “To keep pace with mobile broadband demand from both consumers and industry, operators need solutions that deliver both high performance and efficiency. Ericsson’s indoor software innovations deliver both.”

Networks Software 16A also includes LTE-U that enables operators to combine the reliability of licensed spectrum with indoor data speed boosts provided by unlicensed spectrum, the company said.

Focus on 5G

The company also announced the introduction of its new Ericsson Radio System to the Indian market. It is a new approach to building radio networks on the road to 5G, with multi-standard, multi-band and multi-layer technology. It also announced the upgrade of the existing Ericsson Cloud system by introducing Ericsson HDS 8000 to the Indian market.

At a time when most of the mobile users in India are using 2G, and with telephone operators now concentrating on 3G and 4G, Ericsson President and CEO Hans Vestberg said Ericsson will continue its focus on all — 2G, 3G, 4G, and 5G.

“Strengthening our position as a leading software company, as well as establishing early leadership in the standardisation and realisation of the next generation of mobile networks, or 5G, are key factors for success,” he said.

Talking about 5G, Bansal said, “If you take 2G, 3G and 4G, they are for customers; and 5G will be for industrial applications. Of course consumers will also be using it.”

The company said India is its third largest market in terms of revenue. “Six per cent of Ericsson’s turnover in Q2 was from India,” Bansal said. Ericsson will also set up its factory in Pune from where it will also export. Meanwhile, the CEO of Ericsson also announced that along with Bharti Airtel it has rolled out its first 4G network in Delhi. “This is a four-year agreement,” he said, adding Bharti has also selected the company to expand 3G network across eight telecom circles in India.

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