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Ericsson modernising Deutsche Telekom 5G-ready network

Written by  Dec 14, 2017

The Swedish vendor will modernise the German operator's 2G, 3G and LTE network with a multi-standard solution in one of its "market areas", although it did not specify how big a region this amounted to.

The five year deal will involve Ericsson rolling out a multi-standard radio access network, which is based on its Baseband 6630 product and will involve solutions for macro and small cells.

The vendor will also deploy its Network Manager for OSS and offer hardware and software support and services.

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Arun Bansal, Senior Vice President and Head of Market Area Europe and Latin America, says: “We listened to Deutsche Telekom and understood their urgency to have 5G-ready infrastructure in order to stay at the forefront of customer service in Germany.

"We can run multiple standards on the same baseband hardware and a 5G upgrade will be able to be performed by a simple software download to the radio sites.

"And, during these deliveries, we will use the experience from our 5G activities around the world to be sure that Deutsche Telekom has the most advanced hardware and software in the industry.”

Deutsche Telekom has already been working with Ericsson on its 5G testbed in Berlin. Speaking in October, Group CTO Bruno Jacobfeuerborn said he viewed the testbed as a means of cementing a common approach to the operator's 5G strategy.

He said: "It's not the number of people we have in our company that's important; it's important we have the right brains and discuss what kinds of partners we need to get things up and running."

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