Ericsson and AT&T have announced a five-year agreement to accelerate the expansion of AT&T 5G. The deal aims to help support the deployment of the service provider’s recently acquired C-band spectrum and the launch of 5G Standalone (SA) network. AT&T is tapping into Ericsson’s leading network expertise as the company works toward its 5G network goals.
Ericsson says it will help AT&T to bring its 5G network to more consumers, businesses, and first responders across key industries – including 5G use cases in sports and venues, entertainment, travel and transportation, business transformation, and public safety.
Commenting on the partnership, Niklas Heuveldop, President and Head of Ericsson North America, said: “This agreement reinforces our long-standing partnership of innovation and execution with AT&T. 5G networks will enable unprecedented, sustainable and exponential growth, accelerating the digital transformation of industries and the public sector, for the benefit of consumers, enterprises, and society at large. Ericsson is excited to join forces with AT&T to help make this vision a reality.”
Ericsson Cloud RAN to enable cloud-native technology evolution
Scott Mair, President, AT&T Network Engineering and Operations, said: “As we continue to expand our nationwide 5G network, Ericsson’s technology offerings and 5G expertise will assist with our network evolution. This latest agreement provides the pathway for us to deploy Ericsson’s next-generation centralised RAN architecture, enabled by Fronthaul Gateway, with the ability to support future network enhancements, like the evolution to Cloud RAN.”
Ericsson Cloud RAN is a cloud-native software solution handling compute functionality in the Radio Access Network (RAN). It complements the existing technologies in the RAN domain and allows for the adoption of leading practices to become a foundation for openness, enabling innovation in 5G.
Ericsson Cloud RAN will enable communications service providers to seamlessly evolve towards cloud-native technologies and open network architectures to meet the demand for more deployment flexibility. These deployments will support future network enhancements like Cloud RAN, which offers communications services providers increased flexibility, faster delivery of services, and greater scalability in networks.
The solution also supports a centralised RAN architecture enabled by Ericsson Fronthaul Gateway, a new technology that aims to allow more efficient transport of the fronthaul interface by converting it to packet (eCPRI).