STOCKHOLM -- With 5G commercial networks beginning in 2020, Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) is supporting operator requirements for field trials as early as 2016 with the introduction of 5G Radio Prototypes that operators can deploy in live field trial environments. Phase two of the award-winning Ericsson 5G Radio Test Bed, Ericsson 5G Radio Prototypes are the first products designed to enable operators to conduct live field trials. Mobile operator in Japan, NTT DOCOMO, INC., is currently using the 5G Radio Test Bed and will receive prototypes for field trials.
As with past mobile generations, leading operators are keen to gain a first-mover advantage in 5G. 5G will impact the entire mobile network and associated eco-system, from devices to radio access, virtual evolved packet core (vEPC) and into the cloud. Operator differentiation will not be based on lab trials but on what they are able to achieve in live network environments. Smaller and more powerful, the prototypes build on insights gained from testing on Ericsson's 5G Radio Test bed, together with operators, in both indoor and outdoor environments.
Seizo Onoe, EVP and CTO, NTT DOCOMO, says: "We are pleased to take the next step toward testing in realistic network environment. Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics will be a great opportunity to propose many different use cases of 5G, which will be launched on 2020. We expect that this would lead to even further opportunities. Ericsson's 5G Radio Prototypes will help us to gain insights into the potential for 5G in our network environment and market, to open up new possibility to enable new services for our customers and partners."
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