Ericsson partners with ME operators to drive 5G strategy

Ericsson outlines its plans to drive 5G as-well-as show how 5G can be used in the real world

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Ericsson partners with ME operators to drive 5G strategy Ericsson's Rafiah Ibrahim: "Today, it became more important than ever, for operators to establish their role in IoT by capitalising on their major asset, the network."
By  Aasha Bodhani Published  May 11, 2016

At this year's 5G World Series, formerly known as LTE MENA, Ericsson outlined its strategy to drive 5G in the industry.

Ericsson has partnered with 21 global operators, including Etisalat, Turkcell and Ooredoo based in the Middle East. The company is also involved in 15 industry global pilots to better understand how 5G will be used in the real world.

Rafiah Ibrahim, head of Ericsson, region Middle East and Africa said: "By 2020, we expect 5G to start rolling out to operators' networks in order to cater for the Internet of Things (IoT) applications and machine type communication.   

"Today, it became more important than ever, for operators to establish their role in IoT by capitalising 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."

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.

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. These partnerships aim to evolve existing technologies as well as discover new ones that are 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 standardisation process.

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