Light Reading

Ericsson Explores New Way to 5G

Michelle Donegan
News Analysis
Michelle Donegan
10/7/2013
50%
50%

For Ericsson, 5G will be much more than just a new radio technology.

That sounds like quite a departure for a company that has been at the forefront of mobile network developments for the past two decades. But according to Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC) CTO Ulf Ewaldsson, the vendor believes this future generation of mobile networking technology should encompass not just speedier radio access networks, but also cloud networks, applications, devices, machine-to-machine (M2M) communications, the Internet of Things (IoT), and how all of this works together to deliver high-quality services. (See The 5G Landgrab.)

"We're taking a new approach in 5G," said Ewaldsson, speaking to Light Reading on the sidelines of the recent GigaOM Structure Europe conference in London. "It would not be meaningful to just go out and develop a new radio."

Ericsson, of course, does have some ideas about what those new radios will be. Ewaldsson rattled off characteristics, such as "very ultra-high band, operating above 30GHz, very high downlink speeds and so forth." Also, the new technology will be complementary to all previous 2G, 3G, and 4G mobile systems as well, he added.

But 5G will differ from previous mobile technologies particularly in how the specifications are defined and developed. "The requirements on 5G will come from the applications, the users, and the devices, whereas the requirements on the previous systems have been from think-tanks of standardization people," said Ewaldsson.

Signs that the industry is taking a new approach to 5G are already evident in early R&D projects. Companies from industries other than telecom have been involved in collecting requirements for 5G. For example, the European Union-funded 5G research project called METIS (which, as you would have guessed, is short for "Mobile and wireless communications Enablers for the Twenty-twenty (2020) Information Society") includes not just the usual suspects of equipment suppliers, operators, and academics but also automotive industry giants such as BMW.

Cloudy vision
So what is Ericsson's vision for 5G? "This is the technology that will build a networked society. In order to build a networked society we need to look beyond radio," said Ewaldsson. "Even though we believe that mobility in the networked society is a cornerstone, it's also about the cloud and the broadband networks that are connecting the clouds and the mobile users."

In Ericsson's vision, services will reside in clouds. The goal with 5G is to enable quality service delivery from those clouds to any type of mobile device, whether a handset or mobile-enabled machine. As Ewaldsson explained, an application or service can send a bit between the cloud and a mobile device with ultra-high precision -- that is, it arrives at exactly the right time with exactly the right quality of service. "So, the system can provide with surgical precision something to a device that it needed," he said.

In addition, the system can lower the precision requirements for less critical applications. "In other words, it's about machines talking to each other… [and being able to] guide a car down a road and do remote eye surgery," he said. "And this is where other industries will transform using 5G technology."

Ericsson has even hatched an idea for 5G that would involve measuring a user's experience based on what/how a person is feeling, the idea being to develop "something in the system that knows your experience -- if it was good or bad, or how it really was."

If this all sounds somewhat vague, that's because the requirements for 5G have not yet been defined or agreed. It is not yet known, for example, which air interface will be adopted for 5G. After all, this is technology that won't be in use until 2020 at the earliest.

According to the METIS project, the general requirements include the following:

  • user data rates ranging from 1 Gbit/s to 10 Gbit/s
  • 10 to 100 times more connected devices on the network
  • 10 times longer battery life for low-power "massive machine communications"
  • end-to-end latency of less than 5 milliseconds with high reliability.

The technologies -- not to mention spectrum -- needed to achieve those goals will be debated and identified during the next several years and, of course, Ericsson won't be the only major mobile network equipment provider seeking to determine 5G's course. (See Huawei Sets Out Its 5G Stall, NSN Gets Its Cloud On, and Samsung: Inching Toward 5G?)

While 5G technology (whatever it may be) is a long way from being deployed, the visions for 5G are being rolled out now.

— Michelle Donegan, contributing editor, special to Light Reading

(4)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
vanyeuseo
50%
50%
vanyeuseo,
User Rank: Light Beer
6/16/2014 | 11:19:35 PM
Is 5G not only a hardware standard anymore?
It'll be a data obtaining service in the future? kind of a legal backdoor? nah, i won't want that!

thành lập doanh nghiệp
DanJones
50%
50%
DanJones,
User Rank: Blogger
10/7/2013 | 4:47:03 PM
Bouncing off satellites
We might start to see much more concern about rain fades and satellite interference if the industry is getting into the super high frequency bands.
MordyK
50%
50%
MordyK,
User Rank: Light Sabre
10/7/2013 | 3:13:39 PM
Re: 5G - who has the smarts to develop this?
Ray, Even if the vendors deliver on this vision, the question is whether carriers will have the ability to leverage these capabilities. To date they've been relatively weak in partnering with companies that can leverage these "5G possibilities"
Ray@LR
50%
50%
Ray@LR,
User Rank: Blogger
10/7/2013 | 10:48:54 AM
5G - who has the smarts to develop this?
SO, it's about much more than radio access. It's more a nebulous mix of IT and traditional comms tech, with some capabiluties no-one quite knows about yet.

Are the current major telco vendors equipped to deliver against such a radical new hybrid generation of mobile technology? Some might say that, with its deeper foray into enterprise IT, the cloud and the development of its own devices, Huawei might be best placed in terms of having he skiull sest and R&D required.
From The Founder
Against the odds, Huawei is growing its telecoms networking equipment business in the US -- that should be ringing some alarm bells for domestic vendors.
Flash Poll
Live Streaming Video
CLOUD / MANAGED SERVICES: Prepping Ethernet for the Cloud
Moderator: Ray LeMaistre Panelists: Jeremy Bye, Leonard Sheahan
Between the CEOs
Metaswitch's New CEO Martin Lund Discusses His Role

9|2|15   |   11:27   |   (1) comment


Technology industry veteran Martin Lund joins Metaswitch Networks this week as the company's new CEO. In this interview, Lund discusses his new role and the industry's progress with Light Reading CEO Steve Saunders. Lund believes that the industry disruption caused by SDN and NFV is creating opportunities for companies like Metaswitch – network software providers ...
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase
Nominum on Leveraging the Power of DNS to Deliver Superior Subscriber Experiences

9|2|15   |   07:13   |   (0) comments


Nominum CEO Gary Messiana talks about the challenges service providers face in competing for a much more sophisticated customer, a customer that has heightened expectations for more personalized and compelling digital experiences. Providers are focusing their efforts on delivering higher value subscriber services, retaining their existing customers and increasing ...
Between the CEOs
CEO Chat With Jeff Miller, ActiveVideo

8|28|15   |   19:05   |   (0) comments


Jeff Miller, President and CEO of ActiveVideo, talks to Light Reading founder and CEO Steve Saunders about the impact of virtualization on the TV and video distribution market.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Vodafone: Mobile Money Is About Customer Trust

8|27|15   |   06.36   |   (0) comments


Light Reading spoke with Vodafone's Ian Ravenscroft about the unique responsibilities and opportunities facing operators handling customers' financial transactions over the network.
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase
Palo Alto Networks on Expanding in the Carrier/Service Provider Market

8|26|15   |   07:54   |   (0) comments


Alfred Lee from Palo Alto Networks tells Steve Saunders about their new chassis-based system, the PA-7080, and how it can benefit service providers compared to legacy firewalls.
LRTV Custom TV
Global Services Forum Preview

8|25|15   |   02:36   |   (0) comments


Light Reading's CEO and Founder Steve Saunders talks about Huawei's upcoming Global Services Forum with the help of Heavy Reading's Patrick Donegan and Teresa Mastrangelo.
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase
Infoblox on DNS Threat Index

8|19|15   |   04:39   |   (0) comments


Dilip Pillaipakam from Infoblox talks to Steve Saunders about his company's core network services.
Between the CEOs
CEO Chat With Ihab Tarazi, Equinix

8|14|15   |   20:18   |   (1) comment


Equinix CTO Ihab Tarazi talks to Light Reading founder and CEO Steve Saunders about the dramatic changes in the data center, cloud and interconnect markets and discusses the impact of SDN and NFV in the coming years.
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase
The Netformx Ecosystem

8|14|15   |   09:39   |   (1) comment


Ittai Bareket, CEO of Netformx, talks with Steve Saunders about the Netformx Ecosystem, which employs cutting-edge prescriptive analytics to help solution providers maximize profits.
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase
Versa Networks on Leveraging VNFs

8|12|15   |   07:37   |   (0) comments


Kumar Mehta, founder and CEO of stealth mode startup Versa Networks, talks with Steve Saunders about how providers can best leverage virtualized network functions (VNFs).
LRTV Custom TV
Transforming the Network Through OPNFV

8|5|15   |   7:09   |   (0) comments


Sandra Rivera, VP Data Center Group; GM Network Platforms Group, Intel Corporation, on OPNFV Arno and how the industry is coming together to accelerate the deployment of NFV and transform the network.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei ONS Product Demo

8|3|15   |   6:01   |   (0) comments


Huawei shows at Open Networking Summit 2015 in Santa Clara how its SDN and NFV solutions embrace openness.
Upcoming Live Events
September 16-17, 2015, The Westin Galleria Dallas, Dallas, TX
September 16, 2015, The Westin Galleria Dallas, Dallas, TX
September 16, 2015, The Westin Galleria Dallas, Dallas, TX
September 29-30, 2015, The Westin Grand Müchen, Munich, Germany
October 14-15, 2015, New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, LA
November 5, 2015, Hilton Santa Clara, Santa Clara, CA
November 17, 2015, Santa Clara, California
December 1, 2015, The Westin Times Square, New York City
December 2, 2015, The Westin Times Square, New York City
All Upcoming Live Events
Infographics
Cisco's cloud and virtualization portfolio can increase business agility and innovation by building a more flexible network architecture.
Hot Topics
T-Mobile CEO Plays Data Traffic Cop
Sarah Thomas, Editorial Operations Director, 8/31/2015
CEO Chat With Bill Gates
Steve Saunders, CEO and founder, Light Reading, 8/31/2015
Time to Monetize Cable WiFi
Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, 8/31/2015
New Apple TV: More $$, Not Content – Report
Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, 8/31/2015
Ex-AlcaLu Boss Tasked With Bolstering Altice
Iain Morris, News Editor, 9/1/2015
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed
September 16, 2015
Wi-Fi First or Second?
September 22, 2015
Media Begins With “Me”
Webinar Archive
BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
Technology industry veteran Martin Lund joins Metaswitch Networks this week as the company's new CEO. In this interview, Lund discusses his new role and the industry's progress with Light Reading CEO Steve Saunders. Lund believes that the industry disruption caused by SDN and NFV is creating opportunities for companies like Metaswitch – network software providers with the agility to embrace new technologies quickly and the ability to deliver on substantial projects for global network operators.
The scene: Last Saturday, lunchtime, the interior of a shi-shi-foo-foo eatery in Manhattan's SoHo district.
Cats with Phones
Tastes Like Fish Click Here
Please hold while I lick the phone.