By The Nation
The figure includes 58 publicly announced contracts and 56 live 5G networks, spanning five continents. The agreement includes True Corporation in Thailand, which commenced its national 5G network with Ericsson's 5G Radio Access Network in March.
The milestone was reached with the announcement of a 5G deal with Telekom Slovenije on Wednesday (August 12). Ericsson has worked with major service providers since the early days of 5G development.
The company’s first public 5G partnership announcement came in 2014. Initial technology engagements and memorandum of understanding (MoU) partnerships were followed by 5G New Radio (NR) technology testing and trials. Commercial deals and network roll-out announcements followed. The first live commercial launches were announced in 2018.
Börje Ekholm, president and CEO of Ericsson, said: “Our customers’ needs have been central to the development and evolution of Ericsson’s 5G technology across our portfolio from the very beginning. We are proud that this commitment has resulted in 100 unique communications service providers globally selecting our technology to drive their 5G success ambitions. We continue to put our customers centre stage to help deliver the benefits of 5G to their subscribers, industry, society and countries as a critical national infrastructure.”
Ericsson has also worked with service providers, universities, technology institutes and industry partners to develop and pursue 5G business and consumer use cases. These use cases include factory automation, smart offices, remote surgery and other enterprise and Industry 4.0 applications.