16 February 2017
| Alan Burkitt-Gray
Ericsson is forecasting a $582 billion market opportunity for 5G technology by 2026, giving mobile operators the change to add 34% growth to their revenues.
The troubled equipment and software vendor offered this
forecast yesterday during a presentation of its 5G platform,
which it claimed was the first that includes radio and core
The platform will "support the beginning of a huge change in
network capabilities, allowing our customers to offer more
advanced use cases and new business models to their customers",
said Arun Bansai, head of the company’s network
products business unit.
"It is an important milestone enabling operators to continue
their evolution journey to 5G," he added.
The company, which last month reported sales down 10% year on
year, said its 5G core system was based on network slicing,
allowing an operator to provide dedicated virtual networks with
functionality specific to the service or customer over a common
Verizon CTO Roger Gurnani endorsed Ericsson’s
strategy. "We are pleased with the progress Ericsson is making
in advancing 5G technology commercially. Our customer trials
with 5G technology in 11 cities across the US is an important
step in accelerating the path to the next generation of
The equipment vendor has demonstrated network slicing in a
trial with Deutsche Telekom of Germany and SK Telecom of South
Korea. The network slices were made available in each
Further endorsement came from Swisscom. Daniel Staub, head of
its joint mobile group, said: "Ericsson’s new 5G
portfolio opens up new opportunities."