Ericsson outlines its 5G strategy at 5G World Series MENA

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Published May 11th, 2016 - 07:39 GMT
Rafiah Ibrahim, Head of Ericsson Region Middle East and Africa
Rafiah Ibrahim, Head of Ericsson Region Middle East and Africa

Ericsson marked a strong presence at this year’s 5G World Series, formerly LTE MENA, outlining its strategy to drive 5G in the industry via its experience from four generations of mobile networks and strong global 5G engagements.

During the event, Ericsson’s demonstrated several 5G related technologies including Critical Control of Remote Devices; Media Everywhere; Smart Vehicles Transport & Infrastructure; and Broadband Experience Everywhere Anytime.

“By 2020, we expect 5G to start rolling out to operators’ networks in order to cater for the IoT applications and machine type communication. Today, it became more important than ever, for operators to  establish their role in IoT by capitalizing on their major asset, the network. Our participation in 5G World Series today aims to support our customers to think how to design their networks so they can leverage the full potential of IoT when 5G arrives.” said Rafiah Ibrahim, Head of Ericsson Region Middle East and Africa. 

Ericsson has been partnering on 5G with 21 major operators globally including Etisalat, Turkcell and Ooredoo in the Middle East. The company – recognized as the world’s leading provider of technology and services to telecom operators –is also involved in 15 industry pilots globally to better understand how 5G will be used in the real world.

Ericsson has been both driving and engaging in a large number of research projects together with industry partners and academia. Among the academic partners are key universities and research institutes around the world. Together, Ericsson and its partners plan to evolve existing technologies as well as discover new ones designed to meet current-day requirements. Essentially, these industry-level research projects, such as METIS I and II, are intended to bring multiple vendors together with academia to help drive the standardization process. 

5G World Series, runs from May 9 to 11 at The Conrad in Dubai.  During the event, Ericsson took a peek at the future of mobile networks both at its stand and through a number of keynote speeches and panel discussions. In addition to customers, partners and governement officials, Ericsson booth also welcomed local university students to receive a learning experience about 5G technologies via Ericsson’s technology experts. 

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Ericsson is one of the leading providers of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to service providers, with about 40% of the world’s mobile traffic carried through our networks. We enable the full value of connectivity by creating game-changing technology and services that are easy to use, adopt and scale, making our customers successful in a fully connected world. For more than 140 years, our ideas, technology and people have changed the world: real turning points that have transformed lives, industries and society as a whole.

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