Swedish communication technology multinational Ericsson on Thursday launched 5G plug-ins to address diverse 5G use cases from mobile HD video, driverless buses and haptic feedback-enabled drones to fiber-equivalent residential wireless access.
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"Ericsson 5G plug-ins will enable the evolutionary steps that operators need to take as they develop networks to secure their 5G future," said Arun Bansal, Senior Vice President and Head of Business Unit Radio, Ericsson, in a statement.
Ericsson 5G plug-ins include MIMO plug-in, multi-user MIMO plug-in, RAN virtualization plug-in, intelligent connectivity plug-in and latency reduction plug-in.
These plug-ins are software-driven innovations supported by the Ericsson Radio System, and are specifically focused on capabilities that operators can leverage within current networks to facilitate their evolution to 5G.
Ericsson is already working with more than 20 leading mobile operators worldwide on 5G networking and use cases, including 5G field trials in 2016.
The 5G ecosystem
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5G will impact the entire mobile network and associated ecosystem, from devices to radio access to the mobile core and into the cloud. Ericsson 5G Plug-Ins are designed for the radio access network and leverage the technology innovations enabled by the award-winning Ericsson 5G Radio Test Bed and Ericsson 5G Radio Prototypes already deployed and in field trials in Japan, South Korea, the US and Sweden. Ericsson 5G Radio Prototypes have already achieved peak downlink throughput of more than 25Gbps.