Ericsson Thursday said it has partnered with Orange to jointly work on various aspects of 5G and the 5G ecosystem. Orange and Ericsson will develop 5G use cases and service scenarios, including technical alignment and external demonstrations. Under this partnership Ericsson’s 5G technologies and solutions will be tried and tested on Orange’s network.
The partnership will enable 5G technology building blocks, proof of concepts, and pilots across Europe from 2017 onward. Some of the use case where the team will work include wireless multi-gigabits internet access in suburban and rural environments, ultra large mobile coverage solutions, connected cars and massive and mission critical Internet of Things supporting the digital transformation of industry and society.
This collaboration will also cover 4G to 5G solutions evolution, including energy and cost efficiencies, and use of Software Defined Network (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) technologies.
“Our ambition is to be prepared for a 5G deployment in 2020. By joining forces with Ericsson, we will create for our customers a solid network capable of delivering a wide range of services, from greater data speed everywhere to specialized services for cities and industries,” said Alain Maloberti, Senior Vice President Orange Labs Networks.
“The Internet of Things requires network capabilities to a new level. 5G will not only be built for consumers, who need a seamless experience with their phones and connected devices, but also for the digitalization of entire industries and society. Together with Orange we are joining our strengths to help make this a reality,” said Arun Bansal, Senior Vice President and Head of Business Unit Network Products, Ericsson.