Ericsson unveils software toolkit to boost 5G network capabilities

Ericsson said the toolkit is designed for telecommunications services providers to deliver use cases with high requirements on throughput, reliability and latency at agreed performance levels

Swedish vendor Ericsson has launched a new software toolkit with the main aim of strengthening 5G Standalone (SA) network capabilities and enable premium services with differentiated connectivity.

Ericsson noted that this enhancement in its portfolio comes as the growth of new use cases and rising mobile user expectations on the quality of 5G experience are putting greater demands on network capacity and performance.

The toolkit is designed for telecommunications services providers to deliver use cases with high requirements on throughput, reliability and latency at agreed performance levels. Examples of these are lag-free mobile cloud gaming, video conferencing, live broadcasting, remote-controlled machines/vehicles, public safety services and future XR applications. Ericsson explained.

The main features of 5G connectivity, namely fast speeds, consistent low latency and greater bandwidth are a key enabler of such experience-focused use cases. However, Ericsson highlighted that the growth of advanced and diverse use cases puts higher requirements on the network to deliver differentiated performance levels.

Sibel Tombaz, head of product line 5G RAN, at Ericsson, said: ” We’re reshaping connectivity and facilitating a seamless transition from ‘best-effort’ mobile broadband to premium experiences with service-level agreements. Our new innovative software toolkit empowers our customers to unlock advanced 5G applications through differentiated connectivity. This not only guarantees on-demand service excellence but also propels us toward our vision of networks as a platform.”

According to the latest Ericsson ConsumerLab report, 20% of smartphone users are seeking differentiated 5G connectivity. The Swedish vendor noted that these individuals value premium connectivity and are willing to pay a premium of up to 11% for a 5G plan that ensures elevated network performance.

Ericsson said its new software toolkit offers enhanced features for Massive MIMO, advanced RAN slicing, time-critical communication and 5G Core.

The software toolkit offers the following key capabilities:

-Enhanced Massive MIMO software algorithms for channel-aware Multi-User Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MU-MIMO) pairing and optimal beamforming selection based on user velocity. Ericsson highlighted that these further boost capacity in mid-band deployments with up to 10% incremental user throughput gain in high load, allowing for smoother introduction of new services that require high reliability and low latency.

-RAN slicing advancements with intent-based automation for automated radio resource partitioning and rate and delay control scheduling to meet target delivery on a 1 millisecond basis.

-Improved consistent low latency capabilities of time-critical communication, with uplink configured grant and L4S (Low latency, Low loss, Scalable Throughput) for superior quality of experience even during network congestion and under poor radio conditions.

-Data boost upsell and L4S support in 5G Core which allows users to purchase a boost on top of their existing subscription through notification to the device as well as new capabilities to enable and monetize L4S for selected subscription packages.

Ericsson said it already supports 155 live 5G networks across 66 countries globally.

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