MWC 2017: Ericsson Pioneering 5G and BusinessTransformation

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  • Posted: February 28, 2017 at 4:00 pm

Ericsson opened Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2017 with three stand-out announcements featuring partners and major customers. These included:

  • Network evolution towards 5G
  • An innovative new business model between content owners and operators to bring media to people more conveniently
  • Industry transformation in the transport sector

“At Mobile World Congress 2017, we are showing that our capabilities in 5G and those within media and transport industries, for example, are out front and market-leading. We are ready today. We have the full ecosystem of partners and customers selecting us to deliver high-performance networks, media solutions, and business models in industries such as transport.”

– Börje Ekholm, Ericsson President and CEO

Following up Ericsson’s launch of a suite of 5G products and services coming to market in 2017, Ekholm announced new 5G New Radio (NR) trials in partnership with Qualcomm: NTT DoCoMo, Vodafone, and Telstra Australia. Ericsson foresees a $1.23 trillion market in 2026 to be addressed by 5G. Telstra CEO Andy Penn said that 5G was an essential enabler for future services.

“5G will transform all industries, and our customers are already gearing up for the future by evolving their current 4G networks. This is the key foundation to enable the automation and business transformation needed for the Internet of Things, as well as data-hungry services like Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality.”

 – Börje Ekholm, Ericsson President and CEO

5G will be the technology to pioneer transformation across all industries, and one part of Ericsson’s Hall 2 that is impossible to miss is the Scania semi-truck cab. It served as the backdrop to announce a new Connected Vehicle Marketplace, with Scania CEO Henrik Henriksson as guest. Ericsson is demonstrating some of its services at MWC such as:

  • 5G
  • Platforms and services for IT, Cloud, Networks and TV & Media
  • Connected solutions for industries
  • The Internet of Things (IoT)
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