Touring Ericsson's 5G manufacturing plant in the US

Heavy Reading analysts Gabriel Brown and Ruth Brown toured Ericsson's massive 5G manufacturing plant in Lewisville, Texas, where it builds its equipment for the US.

Mike Dano, Ruth Brownand 1 more

May 22, 2024

Ericsson this week opened the doors to its massive 5G manufacturing plant in Lewisville, Texas.

The factory opened in 2020 with a $100 million investment, and Ericsson recently put another $50 million into the facility to expand it to 300,000 square feet. 

Now, the factory employs around 500 people to build the vast majority of Ericsson's 5G equipment – from millimeter wave to midband massive MIMO – for the US market.

In this video, Heavy Reading analysts Gabriel Brown and Ruth Brown discuss their takeaways from their tour of the plant.

Here are a few topics covered:

  • What the launch event was like, and what's in the factory (00:36)

  • The many components that go into Ericsson's equipment (02:01)

  • Ericsson's "made in America" PR campaign (03:00)

  • The 5G private wireless network for the factory (04:45)

  • Ericsson's approach to research, development and manufacturing (06:00)

  • Ericsson's competitive advantage (06:30)

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About the Author(s)

Mike Dano

Editorial Director, 5G & Mobile Strategies, Light Reading

Mike Dano is Light Reading's Editorial Director, 5G & Mobile Strategies. Mike can be reached at [email protected], @mikeddano or on LinkedIn.

Based in Denver, Mike has covered the wireless industry as a journalist for almost two decades, first at RCR Wireless News and then at FierceWireless and recalls once writing a story about the transition from black and white to color screens on cell phones.

Ruth Brown

Principal Analyst – Mobile Networks, Heavy Reading

Ruth covers mobile network research for Heavy Reading. Key coverage areas include system architecture, core infrastructure and services, and supporting cloud technologies. Prior to joining Heavy Reading, Ruth worked in mobile and fixed network research and design for BT for over 20 years. Her research interests have included convergence, mobile QoS, network slicing, private networks, cloud native mobile core technology and automation. She has filed more than 40 patents on both real world applications and enhancements to mobile core networks. Ruth is an advocate for women in engineering.

Gabriel Brown

Principal Analyst, Heavy Reading

Gabriel leads mobile network research for Heavy Reading. His coverage includes system architecture, RAN, core, and service-layer platforms. Key research topics include 5G, open RAN, mobile core, and the application of cloud technologies to wireless networking.

Gabriel has more than 20 years’ experience as a mobile network analyst. Prior to joining Heavy Reading, he was chief analyst for Light Reading’s Insider research service; before that, he was editor of IP Wireline and Wireless Week at London's Euromoney Institutional Investor.

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