Ericsson to deploy 5G testing system in Brazil

In addition to the deployment of a 5G test system, Ericsson will work with the University of São Paulo, University of Campinas and Federal University of Ceará on additional IoT programmes to be conducted in 2017

Swedish networking giant Ericsson has announced that it will further support Brazil’s digital agenda with the deployment of the first 5G test system in the country in 2016.

Ericsson will rollout the 5G network in conjunction with Mexican telecommunications corporation América Móvil, which will support Brazil’s agenda to accelerate IoT innovation in various sectors, such as energy, agriculture, health care and education.

Collaboration on 5G

The 5G test system will bring together telecom operators and partners from academic institutions, health care, energy and agriculture sectors to test 5G capabilities in a live network.

According to the telecommunications company, the University of São Paulo, University of Campinas and Federal University of Ceará will also participate in 5G research and test activities.

The Internet of Things test system will also focus on low battery consumption applications – low power sensors for remote areas for example.

Vestberg added: “For 5G, our focus is to understand how the systems will be used by both society and industries.

“To be ready with complete commercial networks in 2020, Ericsson is partnering with América Móvil for the first 5G test system in Brazil as a clear demonstration of our competitive advantage, and at the same time we are bringing research out of the labs and into live test networks.”

Ericsson is also reported to hold the lead coordination role for METIS I, the European Union’s 5G research and innovation programme on 5G networks.

The company reports that it will continue its role as lead coordinator into phase two of the project – METIS II, which will develop the overall 5G radio access network design, facilitating the upcoming standardisation of 5G.