Ericsson CEO calls for rethink on future networks
12 May 2020 | Melanie Mingas
In a rallying speech delivered via video link yesterday, Ericsson president and CEO Börje Ekholm called on the industry to rethink the future role of networks, saying “more than ever, connectivity is key.”
“When we looked across all service providers, not just leaders, network quality correlated with increased ARPU and reduced churn. Put simply, investing in network quality keeps subscribers happy,” he said as he opened the first Ericsson UnBoxed Office webinar, a new online events series hosted by Ericcson
“Our absolute highest priority remains the health, safety and wellbeing of our employees, our customers and our partners. “We are working hard to do what we can to contribute to the efforts to contain and slow down the pandemic.”
“More than ever, connectivity is key. With the spread of Covid-19, fixed and mobile telecommunications networks have become an even bigger part of the critical infrastructure, showing the importance of quality in the connectivity,” Ekholm added.
Ericsson, which has 85,000 employees working remotely, has continued to make gains with its 5G contracts, which are a key element of its growth strategy.
In addition to recent contracts with China Mobile, Ericsson announced a deal with BT to deploy its dual-mode 5G Core (Evolved Packet Core and 5G Core), a fully container-based, cloud native Mobile Packet Core for 4G, 5G Non-standalone and 5G Standalone services as a single fully integrated core. The solution, delivered on BT’s Network Cloud, will form a key component in BT’s move to a single converged IP network.
VodafoneZiggo, the leading Dutch communications service provider, is launching 5G across the Netherlands with Ericsson Spectrum Sharing and 5G Core solutions. While Telstra has also upgraded its 5G radio access network (RAN) coverage footprint across Australia, connecting a Cloud Native 5G Core network to handle new 5G Standalone traffic, with 5G SA devices expected to be commercially available in Australia in late 2020.
Earlier this month, T-Mobile US achieved several “world first milestones” around 5G architecture, using Ericsson equipment. Among them the first SA 5G data session between commercial modems from two suppliers on a production network and several 5G firsts with a commercial smartphone on a production network, including the first low-band SA 5G data session, first call with EPS fallback, and first VoNR & ViNR calls.