WASHINGTON, Oct. 18, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Ericsson (NASDAQ:
ERIC) has been selected by Korean communication service provider LG
U+ as a 5G radio access network (RAN) vendor for its 3.5 GHz
Non-Standalone (NSA) 5G network. Ericsson has already been selected
by LG U+ as a preferred 5G core network vendor.
This first 5G RAN contract with LG U+ sees Ericsson deploying
3GPP standards-based 5G New Radio (NR) hardware and software from
Ericsson Radio System (part of Ericsson's 5G platform).
RAN deployment got underway in October
2019. Ericsson solutions are going commercially live as they
are deployed in the LG U+ network.
The new RAN deal means that Ericsson now has commercial 5G RAN
contracts with all three major communication service providers in
Korea is among the global frontrunners in 5G. The Korean
government acted early to support the drive towards 5G, including
the allocation and auction of related spectrum. The country's
communication service providers simultaneously switched on their
commercial 5G networks in April 2019,
to support some of the first commercially available 5G smartphones
Korea's Ministry of Science and ICT says the number of 5G
subscriptions have grown rapidly since then, passing the three
million mark in late September. The current growth rate in 5G
subscriptions could see the five million mark being passed by the
end of 2019.
All communication service providers in Korea are also exploring
5G opportunities in Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things (IoT)
such as: smart manufacturing, including automation and artificial
intelligence (AI), enterprise opportunities, smart cities,
transportation, and public safety.
Job creation from 5G is one of the Korean government's key
expectations in its support for 5G, including the benefits of
growth in 5G-supported strategic industries and related increased
Daehee Kim, Vice President,
Network Strategy, LG U+, says: "We are delighted to have Ericsson
as a trusted 5G Core and 5G RAN vendor. Ericsson's end-to-end 5G
technology leadership is key to ramping-up our nationwide 5G
ambitions in Korea. Ericsson will help us to deliver the very best
enhanced mobile broadband experiences for our subscribers, as well
as opening up innovation and job creation opportunities through the
Internet of Things (IoT), Industry 4.0 and digitalized
Hakan Cervell, Head of Ericsson Korea, Ericsson, says: "We're
working in close partnership with LG U+ to strengthen its 5G
network in Korea. We look forward to building the partnership to
help LG U+ meet its 5G needs as its subscriber base grows across
enhanced mobile broadband, IoT, and Industry 4.0. We're also
delighted to now be working with all three communication providers
in Korea to use our 5G abilities to keep the country at the
forefront of 5G innovation and benefits."
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NOTES TO EDITORS:
Ericsson has 70 commercial 5G agreements or contracts with
unique communication service providers, of which 20 are live
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