Ericsson has signed 100 commercial 5G agreements or contracts with communications service providers —including 58 officially announced contracts and 56 live 5G networks worldwide — and the 100th contract came via an agreement with Slovenian operator Telekom Slovenije.
Among the 100 contracts for 5G, Ericsson has deployed to universities, technology institutes and industrial use cases such as factory automation, smart offices, remote surgery and other Industry 4.0 applications.
Ericsson has deployed 5G networks in high-, mid- and low-bands in urban, suburban and rural environments with enhanced mobile broadband and fixed wireless access business cases. In some networks, service providers are offering 5G-enabled augmented reality and virtual reality services in education, entertainment and gaming.
Ericsson’s 5G contracts span radio access network (RAN) and core network deployments, and produces Ericsson Radio System and Ericsson Cloud Core network portfolios. Additionally, Ericsson has deployed 5G non-standalone, 5G standalone and Ericsson spectrum sharing technology.
Working with service providers since the early days of 5G R&D, Ericsson’s first partnership came in 2014. After these initial engagements, 5G New Radio (NR) technology testing and trials began with commercial deals and network rollout following shortly after. Finally, live commercial launches began in 2018.