Ericsson releases details of Strengthened Networks portfolio

The Strengthened Networks portfolio, which was detailed in Ericsson’s pre-MWC media and analyst briefing event, will prove critical in its net zero drive

Mobile Magazine was live at Ericsson’s pre-MWC media and analyst briefing event, hosted at London’s BAFTA Museum. The service provider took a deep dive into its current developments and next phase of innovations, ahead of Mobile World Congress later this month.

The key announcements made regarding Ericsson’s Strengthened Networks portfolio were: 

  • A new range of 10 radios led by triple-band Radio 4485, which is 53% lighter than comparable products. Also launching new mobile transport and software solutions 
  • An industry-first, 600MHz Massive MIMO radio with Ericsson-unique Interference Sensing software that adds up to 40% more capacity with portfolio-wide hardware support
  • A quad-carrier microwave transport radio with four times more capacity plus Radio Deep Sleep support across the MINI-LINK portfolio

Supporting net zero ambitions, with the launch of an enhanced RAN and Transport portfolio

With these latest developments, Ericsson is working to better support service providers’ net zero ambitions, while meeting market demands for higher 5G capacity and revenue growth. 

The provider has announced the launch of its enhanced RAN and Transport portfolio, which is set to be showcased at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2023 Barcelona. 

This group of more than ten new Ericsson solutions will cut carbon emissions and site footprint, increase energy performance and boost network capacity.

The full range of new remote radios for 4G and 5G capacity is led by the triple-band Radio 4485 for FDD (frequency-division duplexing), which is 53% lighter and consumes about 22% less energy than comparable products. New dual and single-band radios have also been launched.

Portfolio additions include:

  • Intelligent Cell Shaping: Ericsson-unique software with intelligent automation that improves coverage and boosts downlink speed at the cell edge by up to 35%
  • Booster Carrier Sleep: energy-efficiency software feature that allows carriers to be switched on and off depending on the traffic load 
  • Energy efficiency features in mobile transport with MINI-LINK Radio Deep Sleep, which lowers radio energy consumption by up to 25% by hibernating radios in multi-carrier solutions when the capacity is not needed
  • New cell site router, Router 6676: with high density of 25GE interfaces and is three-times more energy-efficient than the previous generation of routers. It supports Ericsson’s new remote radios and Massive MIMO radios with 25Gbps interfaces

“Capacity expansions, energy savings, and sustainability are central to service providers’ RAN evolution plans,” commented David Hammarwall, Head of Product Area Networks, Ericsson. 

“Ericsson’s enhanced portfolio fulfils the key needs of service providers and is leading the industry towards net zero while capturing opportunities of data traffic growth. We expect these topics will be the centre of attention in our discussions with customers at MWC Barcelona 2023 and beyond.”

“Ericsson’s latest RAN and transport solutions address not only a key pain point of service providers – how to grow capacity to further monetize 5G while keeping costs down – but also a top concern, which is energy efficiency or reducing their carbon footprint,” added Ed Gubbins, Principal Analyst at GlobalData. 

“The ‘more with less’ theme is spot-on with the new radios and software features - compact yet more powerful with higher capacity and energy efficiency. Also worth noting is Ericsson’s unique hardware and software co-design that enhances overall network performance.”

The new solutions will be on show in Ericsson’s booth in Hall 2 at the Fira Gran Via during MWC Barcelona 2023 from February 27 to March 2. The portfolio additions will be commercially available during 2023 and Q1 2024.

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