Ericsson has refuted claims by some cellular operators and business observers that its 5G expertise is inferior to Huawei’s.
Together with its China’s Huawei and Finland’s Nokia, Ericsson is competing to supply operators with the gear required to construct next-generation networks. Ericsson has a major alternative in areas the place Huawei has been frozen out both partly or in entire, resembling North America.
Nevertheless, operators in Europe have opposed any strikes to ban Huawei equipment from the roll out of 5G on the continent, arguing that this would scale back innovation and improve costs.
Talking at an occasion initially supposed to be Ericsson’s pre-Cell World Congress (MWC) gathering, Fredrik Jejdling, Head of Enterprise Space Networks at Ericsson denied the claims.
He stated its buyer base and technological roadmap had been proof of its personal management, stating: “We imagine we’re main 5G. We’ve 81 industrial contracts and we imagine that that is the best quantity.
“We’ve deployed 24 networks throughout the globe and we’re the primary to take action throughout 4 continents so it’s tough to see anybody forward of us at this stage … we imagine now we have a aggressive portfolio that’s on a par or forward of any of our rivals.”
Jejdling pointed to deliberate upgrades to Ericsson’s 5G core community and dynamic spectrum sharing applied sciences as proof of this superiority, mentioning that important advances could be doable with the arrival of standalone 5G later this 12 months.
Ericsson has additionally simply achieved a document 5G transmission charge of 4.3Gbps utilizing mmWave spectrum at its labs in Sweden, and introduced two new AI-powered companies for its prospects. The primary permits operators to determine and resolve community points earlier than they occur, whereas the opposite is a brilliant workspace that permits Ericsson to speak extra successfully with its companions.
The corporate had hoped to element these improvements at MWC itself however stated it was left with no choice following the Coronavirus outbreak. Ericsson stated it was a pricey choice, each when it comes to direct value and alternative value, however the correct one.
“It wasn’t a call that we made evenly, as you possibly can think about, and it was unanimous throughout the corporate,” stated Stella Medlicott, head of promoting and company relation. “MWC attracts [more than] 100,000 folks and on our sales space alone now we have 10,000 guests throughout the 4 days.
“This might affect our workers, prospects, companions, press and analysts, and authorities officers. Though the danger was low, it was not a danger that we had been prepared to take. We seemed on the practicalities of further measures resembling medical stuff and measuring temperatures, however even when doing that we couldn’t assure security.”
Ericsson will as an alternative look to speak the developments and exhibit demos by means of a collection of roadshows held by its native groups the world over.