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Aiming to address first movers of the next generation of mobile, Ericsson has unveiled a 5G portfolio with combined core and radio for use cases, plus the first end-to-end trial system as the common infrastructure for future 5G services.

Ericsson believes that communications are rapidly moving towards supporting data-heavy applications like virtual reality and augmented reality everywhere, and that as a result it is necessary to introduce solutions that enable today’s networks to evolve smoothly to the next generation of networks. Ericsson expects that in 2026, there will be a $582 billion market opportunity globally as telecom operators take advantage of 5G technology.

A recent report from Strategy Analytics predicted that TV and video delivery is likely to become a core capability of next generation 5G wireless services, noting that demonstrations have suggested 5G will support 1Gbps data throughput rates. Combining 5G with other networking enhancements and technologies could allow operators to support TV-equivalent services which could eat into the $500 billion global TV and video market currently served by cable, satellite, IPTV and terrestrial broadcast service providers, the firm reasoned.

The new platform comprises a 5G core system — said to be capable of 5G use cases based on network slices that allow operator to provide dedicated virtual networks with functionality specific to the service or customer over a common network — together with digital support systems, transformation services and security.

“With this launch, we introduce our 5G platform to support the beginning of a huge change in network capabilities, allowing our customers to offer more advanced use cases and new business models to their customers,” said Arun Bansal, Ericsson’s head of business unit network products. “It is an important milestone enabling operators to continue their evolution journey to 5G.”