Ericsson Expects Initial 5G Networks in H2 2017

Dan Jones
11/14/2016

Ericsson is now expecting the first 5G networks to arrive in the second half of 2017 but still anticipating widespread deployment of the next-generation mobile technology to take place in 2020.

The commercial deployment of 5G will be quite different from the initial rollout of 4G, Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC)'s Arun Bansal, SVP of the company's network products business unit, told Light Reading at the Ericsson Investor Day in New York last week. 4G was deployed in Sweden and the US first, with other parts of world following.

5G will be deployed "simultaneously" in China, Japan, South Korea and the US in 2020, Bansal reckons.

"Initial deployments will start in the second half of next year," Bansal suggests, with fixed wireless 5G from Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) in the US, and pre-2018 Winter Olympics preparation in South Korea. (See Verizon CFO: Eat Our (Fixed) 5G Dust! and Samsung, SKT Take Step Closer to 'Real' 5G.)


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Bansal says that Ericsson is now in 5G trials with 27 operators around the world.

This involves working with a couple of different evolving 5G standards. "We are working with both the 3GGP tranche and the Verizon tranche," Bansal says, (See Verizon Updates 5G Spec, Could Launch Ahead of 3GPP and 3GPP Plans Early Mobile 5G Spec for December 2017.)

— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading

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TV Monitor
11/14/2016 | 1:18:07 PM
Corrections for Bansal's comments
"5G will be deployed "simultaneously" in China, Japan, South Korea and the US in 2020, Bansal reckons."

Wrong, 28 Ghz 5G is launching in Korea in 2019.

"Bansal suggests, with fixed wireless 5G from Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) in the US, and pre-2018 Winter Olympics preparation in South Korea."

KT says Verizon is now fully harmonized with 5G-SIG, meaning they will be deploying same Samsung 5G basestations and could launch in selected markets in 2019 if Verizon wished.

"This involves working with a couple of different evolving 5G standards. "We are working with both the 3GGP tranche and the Verizon tranche," Bansal says,"

Bansal forgot about the Chinese 5G, backed by Chinese carriers and Softbank/Sprint.

Ironically, 3GPP's low-band 5G has the least momentum of three behind it. Additionally, the projected throughput of low band 5G is really really bad, 3 Gbits/s peak throughput per cell assuming 100 Mhz bandwidth per carrier.