Swedish communication technology giant Ericsson has launched the world’s first commercial 5G New Radio (NR) with multiple-input and multiple-output (MIMO) technology and multi-user MIMO. The first deployments will be initiated in 2017.
The company had already announced 5G Plug-Ins in June. Clubbing with the Radio System Baseband 5216, Ericsson is said to be the first company to deliver all components of a 5G access network.
Commenting on the launch, Tom Keathley, senior vice president, Wireless Network Architecture and Design, AT&T said, “As we accelerate toward 5G, it’s beneficial to have a flexible radio platform that can be deployed not only for LTE, but also versions of future 5G NR standards.”
Ericsson AIR 6468, the first commercial NR Radio, improves user experience by enhancing the capacity and coverage of the network and reducing interference. The new radio provides LTE support as well. The company will launch new additions to the Ericsson Radio System soon.
There will be three new radios support Gigabit speeds for LTE — Radio 4407, Radio 4412, and Radio 8808 for advanced TDD beam-forming applications.
“We are introducing the new hardware that 5G Plug-Ins will run on so that the first operators can start to deploy 5G infrastructure. We are also launching innovations that improve both the performance and efficiency of today’s networks using concepts that will evolve into 5G,” informed Arun Bansal, Head of Business Unit Network Products, Ericsson.