Verizon is the first recipient of a U.S.-manufactured commercial 5G base station from Ericsson’s new smart factory located in Texas. The 300,000 sq. ft. factory, the first of its kind in the United States, began commercial operations in March and will be fully operational by the end of the year.
The event marks a significant milestone as Ericsson continues to strengthen its U.S. capabilities in 5G research, design, manufacturing and service delivery. The factory produces 5G and Advanced Antenna System radios to boost network capacity, and the facility itself is outfitted with 5G connectivity to enable agile operations and flexible production.
This domestic manufacturing factory is a critical component of Ericsson’s global supply strategy, bringing manufacturing capabilities to the U.S. as the company works to meet the demand for 5G deployment by bringing the supply chain closer to customers. Factories powered by 5G dramatically impact data collection, allowing for real-time monitoring of inventory, maintenance needs, higher flexibility and shorter lead times for factory floor production reconfiguration, layout changes and other alterations.
The 5G base station delivered to Verizon is the millimeter-wave Street Macro solution, which is key to Ericsson’s 5G portfolio for its North American customers. All radio access components are housed in one lightweight enclosure, allowing for the rapid growth of 5G coverage in complex city environments.