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Ericsson optimistic on China's 5G role

By Ma Si | China Daily | Updated: 2018-07-03 09:39
A visitor inspects a wheeled 5G base station prototype device on display at the headquarters of Ericsson AB in Kista, Sweden. [Photo/Agencies]

China will be a primary driving force for the large-scale commercial use of 5G in 2020, which will offer a good opportunity for Ericsson AB to expand businesses in the highly competitive market, said Borje Ekholm, CEO of the Swedish telecom equipment maker.

The nation will be among the first places for the industrial internet to take off, thanks to local companies' strong determination to build important telecom infrastructure and push forward smart factory projects, said Ekholm.

The industrial internet of things business model works on the idea that cloud, security, connectivity and service enablement operate as a combined infrastructure, he said. But most importantly, smart factories with fifth-generation mobile communication technology put smart tools in the hands of smart people.

China is eyeing the commercial deployment of 5G in the first half of 2020, with pre-commercial launches in the second half of next year.

Ericsson is currently working with all three operators in China-China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom-on 5G field trials. "We have also successfully passed the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology's phase three lab test with a 100 percent pass rate," Ekholm said.

In June, when the global mobile industry completed the first phase of 5G standards, the company made the world's first multi-vendor standalone 5G interoperability call by partnering with China Mobile and Intel, marking another milestone toward the commercialization of 5G.

5G, which is up to 10 times faster than 4G, will act as an important platform for new technologies such as self-driving vehicles. According to an industry report by EY, the number of 5G users in China will reach 576 million by 2025, or more than 40 percent of the global total.

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